The primary instruction for followers of Christ is found in VS1 …be imitators of God, as beloved children. To date we’ve discovered 4 specific ways of living (Paul uses “walk”) in which we imitate God…
1. Walk in Love
2. Walk in Gratitude
3. Walk in Purity
4. Walk in Light
Life-walk #5 imitates the nature and character of God by Walking In Wisdom. Ephesians 5:15-17
Watch your step – VS15
If you’ve had the occasion to walk through a barn-yard, then you know the wisdom of watching your step.
Truth Point: life is like walking through a barn-yard… there is some clean ground to make your way through, but there is a lot of “poop” to defile you if you don’t choose your steps carefully.
We are put on notice that there is a foolish, as well as a wise way to live. Foolish living requires no forethought, no consideration of consequences, no examination of what is true or false, real or myth.
I’ve learned that there are moral snakes and cow-pies awaiting the unwise who do not choose their steps carefully. There are financial pitfalls, relational messes, and spiritual traps awaiting the next unwise life-walker to step into.
· The Apostle Peter offers this warning. 1 Peter 5:8.
· Proverbs 22:3: gives us solid direction also.
You see a wise person knows he/she is not beyond temptation and falling and so they:
· …look at the landscape of life,
· …they see how many have fallen before them,
· …they walk in the steps of wisdom, protecting themselves.
Time Limitations – VS 16
Paul links wise living with a godly understanding about time. What is a godly understanding about time?
Truth Point: God has set boundaries to our physical lives, and the only opportunity for serving His purposes in the physical world, exists within those boundaries.
Question: am I the highest authority of my existence, or is there another to whom I must give an account?
· King David: Psalm 14:1
· The Apostle Paul: Romans 1:21-23
The Scripture, both Old & New Testament declare without any hesitation, not only the existence of God, but that He is the authority over our lives and that we are accountable to Him for how we spend our time.
Our relationship to time is quite interesting. When I was young it couldn’t pass fast enough, as I grow older, I can’t get it to slow down. Fact is, it has always passed at the same speed, but my precipitation is changing because I’m starting to realize:
· …how little of it I have left
· …how easy it is to waste
· …how impossible it is to gain any extra.
Truth Point: If we don’t pay attention to how we use our time, we can easily squander it on that which is meaningless, allowing meaningful things to go undone.
Solomon: touted as the “wisest man to have lived” outside of Jesus, wrote: these words about time. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Truth Point: since there is a time and place for everything, wisdom dictates that we “walk” carefully discerning the proper time for life’s activities.
Another consideration of the wise concerning time is that …the days are evil…. What does that phrase mean? It speaks of the spiritual opposition that stands against us in the work of God.
An overarching reality of Biblical Revelation is that as history marches toward the “end times,” evil will abound more and more narrowing the window of opportunities for righteousness to have a positive impact.
Opportunity for good is NOT a constant in time. There are pockets and windows for it and that speaks to an urgency to seize the moment to do good. Consider the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Kairos was the Greek god of opportunity. A statue of him stood near the stadium Olympia. He was pictured with:
· Wings on his feet
· A large lock of hair on his forehead
· Bald on the back of his head
The inscription beneath the statue read:
· Who made thee?
o Lysippus made me
· What is they name?
o My name is Opportunity
· Why hast thou wings on thy feet?
o That I may fly swiftly
· Why hast thou a great forelock?
o That men may seize me when I come by.
· Why art thou bald in back?
o That when I am gone by, none can lay hold of me.
Paul wrote to the Galatian believers: So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10
God has a plan – VS17
There are three “WILL’S” for your life…
· Your will… what you think you want for life.
o Proverbs 4:12
· Satan’s will… destruction of your life.
o John 10:10a:
· God’s will… real abundant living.
o John 10:10b:
How does one come to know (understand) the will of God? Romans 12:1-2
Truth Point: The will of God is determined by turning your back to the pseudo-wisdom of “the world” and feeding your mind and spirit with The Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
How has the invisible God chosen reveal Himself in the visible world?
Through the testimony of the lives of His children.
Walk in Wisdom!