Focal Passage: Ephesians 5:15-21
I’m usually pretty bad with directions. One time I was leading a student ministry retreat in a major city when some students and chaperones wanted to take a walk after dinner. I was familiar with the city, so I led the way.
As we began walking through familiar places, I simply stopped paying attention. I became engrossed in conversation and in turn was not fulfilling my duties as tour guide. As the sun began to set and the landscape began to change, I realized what I had done. Rather than wisely paying attention to how and where I was walking, I foolishly led an entire group of people into a high crime portion of the city. In fact, it was a block that people simply did not venture into unless they were looking for trouble. My intentions were not bad. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was that I simply had no intentions.
Paul wrote Christians in Ephesus to exercise care and intentionality in how they walked or lived. To avoid darkness and evil and to instead walk in the light as children of the light (Ephesians 5:15-21).
Walking wisely requires intentionality. We cannot put our spiritual state on autopilot or we will find ourselves walking in sin and foolishness.
That is why the Apostle Paul tells the Ephesians to regularly address one another with encouraging words, spiritual songs and more. For us to walk wisely is to intentionally reverence Christ (Ephesians 5:20-21).