The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15-16, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
What does it mean to walk wisely? How do you walk carefully, so your conduct is an outgrowth of your identification with Christ and His church? Paul says the Christian’s lifestyle is to be one that is given careful consideration. It ought to be the outgrowth of thought, purpose, deliberate, and disciplined action. Living a life that’s committed to Christ calls for following His wisdom.
Read 2 Timothy.
A recent study of this letter from Paul to Timothy uncovered 22 ideas of what it means to walk wisely. How would you rank your “wise walking” from 1 (low) to 5 (high) on each statement? How could you raise your wise-walking 1% in the next 30-60-90 days?
- Fan into flame the gift of God which is in you (chapter 1:6).
- Do not be ashamed of testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me, his prisoner (1:8).
- Join with me in suffering for the gospel…. (1:8).
- What you have heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus (1:13).
- Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you (1:14).
- Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (chapter 2:1).
- And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust (what you have learned) to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (2:2).
- Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2:3).
- Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this (2:7).
- Remember Jesus, raised from the dead…is the reason we endure sufferings (2:8-10).
- Keep reminding each other of these things (2:14).
- Warn others about the danger of quarreling over words (2:14).
- Do your best to present yourself before God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2:15).
- Avoid godless chatter – those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly (2:16).
- Flee the evil desires of youth (2:22).
- Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart (2:22).
- Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels (2:23).
- And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful (2:24).
- Have nothing to do with godless people… (chapter 3:2-5).
- Continue in what you have learned and become convinced of… (3:14-15).
- Preach the Word [be ready in any situation to speak what is needed], with great patience and careful instruction (chapter 4:1-2).
- Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry (4:5).
Walk wisely. Walking in wisdom requires that we continually practice a few basics: Know God, trust Him, listen to Him, and obey Him. Is this your pattern for living? Remember, a lifetime of careful and wise walking develops daily, one choice at a time.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz