Stewards4Christ

October 13, 2005

How are you walking?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 1:17 pm

Ephesians 5:15-16 "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." How are you walking? Paul tells us in verse 15 to walk circumspectly. Now this word circumspectlyis a big word…a word you probably don’t use every day in your normal communication! Adam Clarke in his commentary gives us the meaning of this word and also tells us how we can apply it to our lives: "Our word circumspect, from the Latin circirmspicio, signifies to look round about on all hands; to be every way watchful, wary, and cautious, in order to avoid danger, discern enemies before they come too nigh, and secure a manÂ’s interest by every possible and lawful means. But the original word signifies correctly, accurately, consistently, or perfectly. Be ye, who have received the truth, careful of your conduct; walk by the rule which God has given you; do this as well in little as in great matters; exemplify your principles, which are holy and good, by a corresponding conduct; do not only profess, but live the Gospel. As you embrace all its promises, be careful also to embrace all its precepts; and behave yourselves so, that your enemies may never be able to say that ye are holy in your doctrines and profession, but irregular in your lives." Paul also admonishes us to redeem the time, or I like to think of it as "making the most of the time God has given us." We don’t know from one day to the next if we’ll still be allowed to live. Every day is a gift from God. Let’s make the most of each and every day. Make the most of the time we have to spend with our spouses, children, and extended family members. We should also redeem (or make the most) out of every opportunity to encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord and to reach those who do not know Christ. We are all gifted in our own unique ways…God has a special plan for each one of the people He has created. Paul ends this discussion with a reminder that the days are evil. Adam Clarke says, "The present times are dangerous, they are full of trouble and temptations, and only the watchful and diligent have any reason to expect that they shall keep their garments unspotted." Lord, help me to be watchful and diligent…I do want to keep my garments unspotted!

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