This week's devotional is from Pastor Jeff.
ENCOUNTER: Read Eph 5:15-17
" Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. "
We had some good laughs on Sunday as I taught our congregation the Greek word used here for "live": peripateo. Most people remembered it because is sounded like "pair of potatoes." And I received numerous helpful pictures and memes online this week from those who wanted to joke with me about it. That is all good with me, because I'm hoping that means that a few people may remember the point: That it matters how we peripateo. In other words, we have to take care to live wisely, according to what the Lord wants.
Studying these verses leads us to the obvious question: Am I careful how I am walking it out? By using the word "careful," the apostle Paul is exhorting us to consider our ways. To consider if our choices, decisions, actions, attitudes, priorities, etc., are - or are not - lived out in light of the truth of the lordship of Jesus our savior. In other words, we cannot afford to live an un-examined life. If we are his redeemed and adopted children, and if he is the Lord of all, then we must come under that lordship and submit our "walk" to his leadership.
Even in this very moment, you are able, by the Holy Spirit within you, to reflect carefully on your life to see if there is even one part of your journey that you suspect has not been under Jesus' leadership. Verse 17 in the text above essentially says, "It is foolish to go about your life not understanding what the Lord wants." How might you build into this day or this season the habit of reflecting this way so that you may be more "careful how you live?"
Remember, dear friends... It matters how you peripateo.
BE A BLESSING:
Wouldn't it be fun if over the next couple of days you leaned into the Lord to ask him how you can be a blessing to someone he wants you to love? This is a way of being "careful" how you live. He has put you where you are to peripateo in love. Ask him what his will is and how you could live that out in love. There is literally no greater joy in life than listening for the Spirit's voice, hearing/feeling him call you to a step, and then walking that out in obedience.
We are hoping that you are increasing your connections and depth of connections with other believers who desire to walk it out. We can learn from each other, as well as encourage each other to live intentionally like this. If you are reflecting on how you peripateo, is there someone with whom you can share what God is doing so that you have their support?
“ For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may PERIPATEO a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way...” - Col. 1:9,10