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Making Wise Decisions

Ephesians 5:15

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgMy daughters often heard these words from me – be safe out there – as they left for their day’s activities.  I just told one of them this today – while I was writing this devotional thought.  As a parent – even though they are fully grown – as their father – I still want them to be safe out there.

My wife would often tell all three of our daughters – as they left the house for school or a date or some sporting event – make wise decisions. They may not have always done so – who among us has – but they knew that was the desire of their parent’s heart for them. That is our heavenly Father’s heart for us as well.  Being safe and making wise decisions is the hope of every parent for their children.

Paul encouraged his readers to be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, in today’s passage. Here it is in partial context. Ephesians 5:1–20 – 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are called to holiness – to follow God’s example – to make wise decisions. Although Paul lists some things we should avoid as children of God – it is by no means an all-inclusive list. Anything that is contrary to God’s Holy Word is to be avoided. Anything that God is not pleased with must end in our lives. We must turn from sin and turn to God – making wise decisions along the way. What does that mean in our life today?  What decisions are we making today that are wise or unwise?  God wants us to be safe out there – to make wise rather than unwise decisions.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 3, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , ,

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