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Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Discipline has correctly been identified as the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Spiritually speaking, it is when we begin to take our relationship with God and our responsibilities before Him seriously.
Titus 2:11-13 simplifies the entire Christian life with these words, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Throughout the Scriptures, we find that the primary duty of man is to pursue and to practice godliness.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 puts it this way, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Godliness is when we willingly and intentionally make room in our life for the work that God began in our heart at the very moment of salvation to become visible in our daily walk.
1 Peter 1:15-16 says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Christ-likeness in our life begins when we recognize that the will of God for our life is far more important than our own. It continues with an exploration and an evaluation of our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions in order to understand how healthy our relationship with the Lord really is. It then becomes a reality in our life when we make the personal decision to surrender our person, our plans, and our passion to the will, to the Word, and to the work of God.
Jesus said, in Luke 9:23. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Today, we’re focusing in verse 16 on the word, “Redeeming…” In a previous devotion, I said that the word redeeming means “to purchase or to buy back with the idea of rescuing or recovering something from waste; to improve something for a greater and a far more important purpose.” God is looking for His children to stop being by-standers and spectators and to start assuming their responsibility to draw near to Him and to develop within them, utilizing the resources that He has provided, a life that is pleasing to Him.
2 Peter 1:3-4 says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
The word regulate means “to adjust by rule, by method or by established mode; to put in good order.” A life that is out of control is a life that is being lived according to the rule of the flesh. It can only produce worldly thinking, wasted time, and a wrong influence. Everything that a child of God should be against. For the Christian, however, the more I learn of Jesus Christ and the greater my knowledge of His Word, the greater the difference in my life and the better my life becomes. My attitude, my appearance, and my actions all change according to the Word of God which enables me to be an ambassador, a proper representation and representative, of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…”
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of A.W. Tozer who wrote, “To any casual observer of the religious scene today, two things will at once be evident: one, that there is very little sense of sin among the unsaved, and two, that the average professed Christian lives a life so worldly and careless that it is difficult to distinguish him from the unconverted man.”
Today, I want to encourage you to get serious about your walk with the Lord. Determine by faith that you are going to obey every desire and every command of the Lord and be absolutely committed to living a life that pleases God.
Until next time, good day and God bless.