“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise…”
Living the Christian life is not to be done in a carless way. The exhortation is to see that when Christians live and move in their daily lives, they must consider the manner of their conduct. Paul will continue the exhortation that the way in which believers utilize their time is of utmost importance. How can one know if they are walking wisely? Look at how your time is spent.
Christians are to walk as those who have been given heavenly wisdom. Wisdom is not to be unapplied to the daily lives of the believer. Wisdom calls for action in the Christians life. This is to be something that is done in such a way that the Christian can observe that they are living in such a way that is wise. There is no question as to whether an action is wise or unwise, but this type of insight takes careful observation and time to discern.
Theological Implication: Our lives are not just to be lived in the moment of what feels good and then to do it. Rather, the believer is to take stock and see how to live in a purposeful, wise manner. It does not happen overnight or without help and insight from the Word of God and the Body of Christ. Wisdom is not a solitary and individualistic commodity that is to be horded. The world will notice when our time is spent on other items rather than ourselves. Our lives are marked by living in wisdom and not foolishness. At the end of the book of Ephesians, after Paul has told us how not to walk and how to walk, he ends his thoughts on walking by exhorting us to pay attention to the way we walk. May God help me to be slow and purposeful with my conduct and how I use my time.
Article By: Caleb Nedimyer