Transformed by Truth:
Walking Wisely in Today's World


 5 June 2024
Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier

Transformed by Truth:
Walking Wisely in Today's World

Ephesians 5:15 (NLT): "So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise."

Welcome to today's reflection on how we can transform our lives by walking wisely in a world that often values foolishness. Ephesians 5:15 provides us with a timeless principle that is essential for navigating the complexities of the 21st century. Let's dive into this verse and explore how we can live wisely and purposefully.

Recognise the Value of Time
Paul's admonition to "be careful how you live" speaks directly to the importance of time. The original Greek word for "careful" here means to look around, to be vigilant. It's a call to mindfulness and intentionality in our daily lives.

Psalm 90:12 (NLT): "Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom."

John Piper once said, "Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst." This quote underscores the need to prioritise what truly matters.

Consider the story of a man who, nearing the end of his life, reflected on his years and realised he had spent much of his time chasing after meaningless pursuits. The moments he valued most were those spent in meaningful relationships and in service to others. This realisation transformed his final years into ones of purpose and fulfillment.

Evaluate how you spend your time. Are your daily activities aligned with your values and God's purpose for your life? Make a conscious effort to invest your time in things that have eternal significance.

Seek Godly Wisdom
Paul contrasts living like fools with living wisely. Wisdom in this context is not just about knowledge but about aligning our lives with God's will.

James 1:5 (NLT): "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."

Rick Warren says, "Wisdom is seeing life from God's perspective and knowing the best course of action to take."

Think of a ship navigating through treacherous waters. Without a reliable map and a wise captain, the ship would be at the mercy of the sea. Our lives are similar; without God's wisdom guiding us, we are prone to making decisions that lead to turmoil and regret.

Regularly seek God's wisdom through prayer and Scripture. Surround yourself with godly mentors and friends who can offer wise counsel. Make decisions based on biblical principles rather than societal pressures.

Live Intentionally and Purposefully
To live wisely is to live with purpose. Paul encourages believers to be intentional about their actions, ensuring they reflect God's love and truth.

Colossians 3:17 (NLT): "And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father."

Craig Groeschel states, "If you want to live a life of purpose, you have to live a life of intentionality. Purpose doesn't happen by accident."

Consider the story of a young woman who felt a call to serve in her community. She could have easily been distracted by the allure of a high-paying job, but she chose to follow her passion and calling. Her intentional choices led to a fulfilling career that made a significant impact on those around her.

Identify your God-given purpose and take steps to align your daily actions with that purpose. Be intentional in your relationships, your work, and your service to others. Let your life be a testimony of God's love and wisdom.

Ephesians 5:15 calls us to be mindful, seek wisdom, and live intentionally. In a world that often promotes foolishness, let's commit to walking wisely and transforming our lives with the truth of God's Word.

Call to Action
As you go about your week, remember to:
- Evaluate and prioritise your time.
- Seek God's wisdom in all areas of your life.
- Live with intentionality and purpose.

May God help us to live wisely in a world that often values foolishness. May He grant us His wisdom and guide our steps. May our lives reflect His love and truth.