Are you living a life permeated with the presence of God? These verses tell us how.
5:15 Therefore consider carefully how you are walking, not as foolish but as wise,
Every act, word and deed contributes, even every thought. It either shows the kingdom of God here and now or it fails to do so. The kingdom of God is expressed whenever and wherever God is obeyed, loved and praised by our actions and words. The Christian life lived well is no accident; it is not automatic. It involves thought. At times it is necessary to think things through before going ahead, especially when it comes to significant moves.
5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
It is oh so easy to waste time overindulging in sensuality, entertainment, trivial pursuits and all sinful activities. These are the opposite redeeming the time. The days are evil. Our service to God is to buy back that time we have from the temptation to be wasteful. What we do counts, every step of the way.
5:17 Because of this, stop being foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is.
So with this in mind, cut off activities that do not honor and please God. Make sure you have a clear perception of God’s will. This implies Bible reading and meditation, thoughful consideration of what we are reading in faith that God will enlighten. It also implies learning from our mistakes. And, it implies an ongoing quest to see His will more clearly.
5:18 And stop getting drunk with wine, for that is wasteful, but be constantly filled with the Spirit,
God wants you to get high and stay that way, not via alcohol or drugs or even energy drinks but by His Holy Spirit. There are several ways to do just that. We can exercise faith that God will and is filling us with His Spirit. Obedience is another pathway: “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 4:32).
To obey God is to act in His power:
Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3, NASB)
5:19 continually speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing (praises) and psalms (hymns of praise) in your heart to the Lord,
The Holy Spirit blesses what we do and fills us when we do God’s will. Perhaps the purest form of that obedience is speaking and singing words of Scripture and spiritual songs, including from the Psalms to one another. And when we are not interacting with others, we can still do that effectively in our hearts. Either way we are giving glory to God and showing the reality of His kingdom here and now.
Better yet is to do such things in faith that as we do so, in obvious obedience to God, His Spirit fills us.
5:20 always giving thanks on behalf of all men in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father,
One savvy self-help author recommends constant gratitude as the best way to be happy. Thanking God even when it seems crazy to do so. This of course gives Him glory and blesses us at the same time.
Pause before you act and consider. Look before you leap. I paint watercolors and I have found that if I want it to go well, it’s a good idea for me to pause as key points to think carefully before I make my next move. That’s the best route to success.
Live thoughtfully today–and everyday.