How to Walk in the Light, Part 7 — Ephesians 5:13-16 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #18)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


Ephesians 5:13-16: “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Tim Keller said, “Children are only brought to life and self-sufficiency if their parents sacrifice much of their independence and power. In light of the cross, it is the least we can do.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Lord strengthen me where I am too weak and weaken me where I am too strong!”

Some think that walking in the light is all about our public testimony. It is not. Walking in the light involves our day-to-day lifestyle. Verse 15 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…” Walking circumspectly means “living carefully.” We ought to be diligent and attentive to the way we live our lives. We ought not to be people who live for the thrills of life or to just go with the flow. Often, going with the flow involves getting into foolishness; and we are commanded to live wisely in this wicked world. Matthew Henry said, “Another remedy against sin is care or caution; it is otherwise impossible to maintain purity of heart and life.”

Walking in the light also involves using our time wisely. Verse 16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” This verse carries with it the idea of a businessman seizing upon a good opportunity to turn a profit. Strong’s Lexicon provides this definition of the phrase, ‘redeeming the time’: “To make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good, so that zeal and well-doing are as it were the purchase money by which we make the time our own.”

The word translated “time” literally means a “fixed and definite time” or an “opportunity.” Every day, we are given specific opportunities to do good, to preach Christ, and to shine the light of Christ in our families. Every day, we are called to live out the Christian life — to share the message of the Gospel, to provide for the poor, to preach deliverance and freedom to those who are enslaved to sin.

We must awaken from our slumber and allow God to reignite our light. The days we live in are evil, but they are full of opportunities to do good.

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