Ephesians Day 24: A Life Full of Care
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise” (5:15)
Our calling as Christians is to wise living. That’s why the word ‘then’ is there, linking it to what’s gone before: how we’ve been saved, how we’re no longer darkness but light, and how we’re to be imitators of God. Two ways we can imitate God are by taking care and by living wisely. God is neither careless nor unwise; He takes infinite care and personifies the heights and depths of wisdom. Therefore if we are to imitate Him (5:1), we need to take care to live wisely.
If you think that once you’ve become a Christian you can do what you like, or that it doesn’t matter what you do because you’re already saved, think again. That would be the epitome of careless, unwise living. It’s possible to be saved and yet to be foolish, having no idea what the Lord’s will is (v. 17). It’s possible to be saved and yet indulge in every bad habit, be it sexual immorality (v. 3), coarse language (v. 4) or drunkenness (v. 18). You might be saved, but you’ll waste your life and be unfruitful.
The little decisions matter, as do our habits. We should take care over them, because they add up to a big effect. Carelessness in our thought life will lead to careless words and unwittingly start bad habits. Bad habits, left unchecked by an unwise person, cultivate a bad character that’s way out of alignment with God’s will. In that situation, how many opportunities for doing good will pass us by? How can we possibly convince others of the worth of Jesus’ message if that’s how we live? And remember, those fruitless deeds of darkness will be exposed (v. 13). It’d be very unwise to lose sight of that.
So let’s imitate God’s wisdom. If you want to learn about it start in Proverbs and then go to the book of James. Read your Bible. Practice the spiritual disciplines of quietness, prayer, giving and service. Take care over the small things. Because small things have a habit of growing into bigger things. The seeds of little wise decisions and attitudes will produce a wonderful harvest of the fruit of light (v. 9).
To take away: Are there any areas of your life where you’re being careless? Even if they seem small, insignificant things, bring them to the Lord and ask Him to show you how to live wisely instead.
This is the 24th post in a 31-day walk through Ephesians. I’d love for you to join me in exploring this amazing book of the Bible for the rest of the month of May. Every day you’ll find a new post with fresh encouragement from God’s word. I hope this series blesses you, and if it does, please share it with others. Thank you.