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Walking Wisely

Christianity is not just a way of thinking and believing. It is a way of living and doing. The Bible tells us that as God’s people we should walk wisely in the world (Ephesians 5:15).

What does it mean to walk wisely? It means at least three things.

1. Use every opportunity that comes our way to its fullest. The most any of us can do in life is to use or lose the opportunities that come to us. There are opportunities to do good, opportunities to minister, opportunities to witness. A part of wise living is to be wide awake to every opportunity and to seize it for God. The Greeks had a saying: “The gods’ feet are shod in wool.” That means that they come to us very quickly and inconspicuously. Opportunities are the same way and if we aren’t alert we will miss them.

2. Live your life in the center of God’s will. The Christian’s consideration is never primarily what is profitable or enjoyable, or what will lead to his own personal advancement. The Christian’s first consideration is the will of God. It is a part of wisdom to recognize that God knows us better than we know ourselves and that his will is the best thing that could ever happen to us.

3. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. One of the most marvelous teachings of the Bible is that the Spirit of the living God can indwell us and control our lives. When the Spirit of God controls us we are joyful, thankful, and loving.

There is a strange absence of these qualities from the lives of most people. But when we are filled with God’s Spirit, they characterize us. The need of our day is wise living. This is what it entails and it is within the reach of every one of us.

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