In the first three chapters of Ephesians we learned of all we have received since becoming a child of God. And now in the last three chapters we learn how to “walk worthy of our call” as Christians. Paul starts off by sharing that we need to “walk in humility” (4:2). With humility comes unity (4:3). Then, Paul tells us we are no longer to walk like the rest of the world, but should put off the old self and “be renewed in the spirit of your minds” (4:17-23). Next, we’re told to walk in love, (5:2) and in light (5:8) and now we’re learning to walk in wisdom. Notice 5:15-17
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Just what does it mean to walk in wisdom? What should we be doing with the time we’ve been given? Just what is the Lord’s will for us, or better, you?
Doing a search this week I found several things that are God’s will for us:
1.) To be saved – “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” I Tim 2:4
2.) To be filled & controlled by the Spirit – Ephesians 5:18
3.) To be sanctified (set apart) – I Thessalonians 4:3
4.) To suffer – I Peter 2:21
5.) To be submissive to God – James 4:7
6.) To give thanks in all things – I Thessalonians 5:18
Just to name a few, but what about our time? What is the best use of our time?
This study has been so rich! I’ve learned so much and I pray you have as well. In the past, if someone would have asked what is the best use of my time, I believe I would have listed things like, witnessing, studying, teaching, serving, giving, etc. All being profitable ways to use our time, but through this study I believe I’ve discovered there is one activity that stands above the rest; one that has proven more profitable than all the others combined!! Also an activity mentioned far more than any other in God’s Word! Have you thought of it yet? It’s prayer! I could go on and on about that, but I think what we most need to do right now is pray:
O Father, You are the Alpha and Omega–the beginning and the end. You are the One who is, who always was, and who is still to come–the Almighty One! There is nothing too great, nothing too far off that Your omnipotent hand can not reach. You see the future as clearly as the past and I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Still You desire to hear from us – for us to present our prayers and petitions before You, trusting You to not only hear, but answer.
Therefore, teach me to number my days, Father that I may gain a heart of wisdom to know exactly what Your will is for me. Cause me to look carefully at how I should walk, not as the unwise but as wise, helping me to make the best use of my time, because I know the days are evil and Your Son promises to be coming soon.
May I never become drunk on wine, but forever be filled with the Spirit, speaking to others in psalms, and songs from the Spirit. Forever singing and making a joyful melody that come from a grateful heart that is always giving thanks to You, Father for everything!
Help me to submit not only to You, but to all those in authority out of reverence for Christ, and especially to my husband. May I always convey not only my love, but my reverence and respect for the person You have created him to be.
I thank You once more for all Your Spirit continues to teach me and am counting on His continued guidance and help to grow me into a child that would always bring You great glory and joy. It is in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ I ask all this, confident and grateful that He has made a way to You. Amen