Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
The way we behave as Christians is a witness of the faith we profess. I heard the story of someone who came to alpha, who’s view of Christianity and God had been informed by a very strict Christian upbringing. Her experience of Christians and their behaviour had caused her to conclude that Christians are hypocritical. She came to alpha and realised that there were some nice, funny, interesting Christians.
Our behaviour says a lot about what we believe and we are called to live and walk as children of light in the darkness, in the world we live in.
This means avoiding religious legalism, not being like the Pharisees, avoiding hypocrisy in our words and our actions
But it also means living according to word of God and not diluting its truth to fit our convenience and worldly wisdom.
That can be a difficult tension to find. How do I behave in a way that stands firm upon the truth of God’s word and does not falter or sway, yet doesn’t become legalistic and hypocritical…
These verses in Ephesians give some wisdom on how to live like this and we’re going to look at some of these over the next couple of days.
Firstly, pay attention to your walk.
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
When was the last time that you seriously considered every step of your day, from waking to sleeping. From how you speak to your family and friends from how you interact with the shop assistant at the checkout. From your attitude in the busy carriage of commuterville to the quiet moment where it’s just you and your own thoughts.
Over this week take time to pay careful attention to your life? And ask the question… Is how I am living wise?