Walking in God’s Wisdom
Read Ephesians 5 several times to get an understanding of the entire chapter. We will focus on Ephesians 5:15-21 in this lesson.
- What it means to walk wisely? What does it mean to walk unwisely?
- How are believers supposed to behave? How is it different from non-believers? (verses 18-20)
In these few short verses, Paul continues to contrast the difference in how we behaved in our past and how we should behave now as believers in Christ.
He prompts us to be wise in all our interactions, understanding the will of God. For us to understand and discern God’s prompting in any circumstance we must be sure we are sober-minded and seeking wisdom.
Paul continues by showing the distinction between being filled with the Holy Spirit and operating out of drunkenness. He notes that worship, praise, prayer and thanksgiving flow from a heart filled with His Spirit.
Finally, we are to submit or be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. The greek word for subject is hupotasso – yield to one’s advice. I believe this connects back to our previous lesson when we discussed exposing sin through accountability and love.
We should willingly allow ourselves to be in submission to mature Christians that can teach, admonish, and mentor us in our daily walk.
What does it mean to you to submit to one another in reverence to Christ? (verse 21)