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Ephesians Devotional—Week Five, Day Three (12/30/09)

Ephesians 5:15-21

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} Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, {20} always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. {21} Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

In this very ‘pregnant’ passage the life of the wise Christian is described. The wise Christian:

  • Makes the most of every opportunity (diligently looks for ways to serve and please the Lord)
  • Understands the will of God (for others and for himself)
  • Is filled with or controlled by the Holy Spirit (rather than by wine or other intoxicants)
  • Is worshipful
  • Is thankful (to God for everything)
  • Is submissive to others because he fears Jesus Christ

If we look at the opposite position, the unwise person (or even Christian) is described this way:

  • He neglects or overlooks opportunities to serve and please the Lord
  • He does not understand the will of God
  • He is controlled by outside influences or intoxicants
  • Does not worship
  • Is not thankful
  • Is unsubmissive or uncooperative
  1. Which of these two general categories characterizes your life today? Why or why not?
  2. Read Galatians 5:16. Using that verse as the basis for your answer, which of the characteristics of the wise Christian is most important?
  3. What does it mean to you to be ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’? Write out your answer and share it with someone else for feedback and edification.
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