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Ephesians 5:15-16

Walk the Talk

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Because we should walk like the children of light, having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness and should shine the light of the gospel on every sin, reproving it and making it manifest, we must ourselves walk circumspectly. The original Greek word, akribos, means to walk exactly, diligently, in a perfectly straight line.

Christians must be careful to not be accused of being hypocrites. Even the false impression that we are sinning can ruin our testimony. Out of love for Christ, we should obey God's laws exactly. "Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left." (Deuteronomy 5:32)

"Not as fools...." It is foolish for anyone to act contrary to his own beliefs. How can a Christian claim to love His Savior while doing everything that He hates? "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God..." (Psalms 14:1) Therefore, to walk as a fool is to live like an atheist in disobedience and disbelief.

Wisdom on the other hand is from God. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10) The Christian man or woman must walk moment by moment in reverence to the Lord whom he or she serves.

The road that Christians travel is a narrow one from the time of our conversion forward. Jesus taught that we should, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)

So, the idea of walking circumspectly should not be anything new to us and it should cause us to understand that we have a limited time on this earth to serve our Lord. Those of us who were converted later in life might appreciate that fact more than others. "Redeeming the time..," in this instance, means that we should use it as efficiently as possible and not waste any of it.

The days in which we live are extremely evil. The world's fastest growing religion teaches the virtues of murdering the innocent in order to spread its belief and gain worldwide power. In addition, abortion is legalized in most of the nations of the world. Sexual immorality is at an all time high, and the nation's jail population is growing faster than we can build the space to house it.

There is so much to be done, so much darkness to be eradicated. There is no way for us to claim that we are walking that straight and narrow path, if we are wasting the time that God has given us. We are the children of light and we must shine that light on the sins of the world. Our only weapon is the word of God, yet it is the most feared weapon in existence, more powerful than a two-edged sword. It is the power of God unto salvation.

Before The Throne:

Ask the Lord to guide you to live in reverence to Him and to guide you on that narrow path of purity and holiness. Pray that He will show you how to redeem the time. With all of the evil of the day, ask God to help you be efficient in shining the gospel light. Pray for the wisdom to use every opportunity to evangelize the people with whom you have contact each day.

For Further Study:

** See: Mat 8:4; 27:4; 24; 1Th 5:15; Heb 12:25; 1Pe 1:22; Rev 19:10; ** walk: Exo 23:13; Mat 10:16; 1Co 14:20; Phi 1:27; Col 1:9; 4:5; ** not: 2Sa 24:10; Job 2:10; Psa 73:22; Pro 14:8; Mat 25:2; Luk 24:25; Gal 3:1, 3; 1Ti 6:9; Jam 3:13;

(v.16) ** Redeeming: Ecc 9:10; Rom 13:11; Gal 6:10; Col 4:5; ** the days: Eph 6:13, 15; Psa 37:19; Ecc 11:2; 12:1; Amo 5:13; Joh 12:35; Act 11:28-29; 1Co 7:26, 29-31;


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