How wisely do you live? Where does your wisdom come from? Paul explains how we are to live wisely and where our wisdom comes from in Ephesians.
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.
The Greek word for ‘wise’ in this verse is ‘sophos’. It “differs from the classical meaning of wisdom in at least two ways. First of all, the biblical concept of wisdom is God-centered rather than man-centered. It denotes a fear of God and an understanding of His Ways. It indicates the ability to apply skillfully what one knows (especially religious truths).” So when Paul tells the people to live wisely, he is asking them to apply what they know about how Christ wants them to live to their daily lives. It is how we are to live our lives today.
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.
Paul reinforces the need for us to know what God’s will is. In order to know what His will is, we need to read and study His Word. This reading and studying isn’t an merely academic task, but rather one that requires us to truly understand what we read so we can apply it to our lives. We need to internalize His Word and walk it out in our life. Think about the words used in psalms and hymns. They are uplifting and reinforce what we know about the Lord. What a different our world would be if those were the words we used.
Finally Paul reminds us of the importance of thanking the Lord for everything. All we are and all we have are because of the grace of God. When we truly grasp that concept, we can’t help but thank the Lord. Are you living wisely? Do you live your life in a way that reveals God’s love and grace to those around you? Do your words build up or tear down? What do you need to thank the Lord for today?
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Greek definition from “Key Word Study Bible”, AMG publishers