15 So be very careful how you live. Do not live like people who aren’t wise. Live like people who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity. The days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish. Instead, understand what the Lord wants. 18 Don’t fill yourself up with wine. Getting drunk will lead to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. 20 Always give thanks to God the Father for everything. Give thanks to him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“So be very careful how you live. Do not live like people who aren’t wise. Live like people who are wise.” This verse seems to be the booked end for everything from 4:1ff… where this whole section of how to live “a life worthy of calling to which you have been called”, starts. As such we are to live our lives as a reflection of Jesus – and our walk as his disciples is to become more and more Christ like. So Paul tells us to be careful and wise in how we live so that this reflection is not marred or distorted or that how we live our lives is not called in question in any way.
Paul has spent quite a bit of time describing the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ however I think if I can remember the phrase “be careful how I live” then in the heat of the moment or the day to day of life and my interactions, this will remind me, am I reflecting Jesus?
Lord Jesus I want to reflect you only through my life. Holy Spirit continue to shape me, prompt me to be wise in my actions, choices and lifestyle. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson