Words from the Heart for Sunday October 2nd, 2016
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.
Ephesians 5:15 (NIV)
Wisdom can be defined as “living skillfully.” It is not merely the ability to know what to do, but how you should apply the knowledge you have. God has given you wisdom from His Word on how you should live. Take some time to read this passage and reflect on how you should think, act, and live.
Back in 1941, Disney studios produced a promotional animated short for the National Film Board of Canada. Seven Wise Dwarfs was one of four Disney produced short animated films designed to promote the sale of Canadian war bonds. Seven Wise Dwarfs features the seven dwarfs from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, four years after the characters made their screen debut. Quite a bit of the short consists of reused work from the 1937 Snow White film. The seven dwarfs mining for gemstones, march past Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and then rush to a Post Office, while Dopey goes to a nearby bank instead when he finds himself locked out, and invest their gems in Canadian War Savings Certificates. All the while, the dwarfs sing a variant of the song “Heigh-Ho” (from the original film).
The Christian life demands wisdom. Living as sons and daughters of the kingdom, while in this world that is so far from that Kingdom, calls for constant vigilance and wisdom. Unless we live with the constant awareness that the world in which we live does not function according to Biblical precepts, we will too easily fall back into living according to the principles and precepts that are at the foundation of the world’s system. The apostle Paul reminds us of this in Ephesians 5:15: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” Notice the words that he uses here – be very careful. The picture that comes to mind is walking in a minefield. It demands constant vigilance. The world desires to pull us back into its way of thinking and acting. It takes great care to live according to the principle of the kingdom of God. We are called to keep ourselves in the Word of God, the Bible, on a daily basis, allowing its principles, precepts and wisdom to so ground us in Christ that as we live in the world we will know how to live above the world. In our day there is a tragic drop in the reading and engagement with God’s word, even among Christians. If we are going to be careful how we live, not as unwise but as wise, we must know the wisdom that God has put in the Bible for His people.
These have been words from the heart.