“Walk circumspectly”. – Ephesians 5:15
We’ve been placing a lot of emphasis on walking lately. Our mid-week study is from Proverbs, which has to do with walking wisely. Our Sunday evening study is from Eph. 4 and is entitled “Walking Worthy”. Although I didn’t plan it this way, this serves as a good reminder that to do the latter we must do the former. As Christians, we must take great care in the manner of our walk, due to the fact that we are representing Christ. I thought of this when I read the following article by James Smith who was the predecessor to Charles Spurgeon. Although this was written in 1840 it is just as true and helpful today as it was then.
“You are in an enemy’s land; surrounded by temptations; and have a heart that is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. To honour Jesus in your spirit, communications, and every action, should be your constant aim.
You are to live unto the Lord, for Him who died for you and rose again. To this end, provision was laid up in the everlasting covenant, for this purpose the precious promises were made, and with this design the Holy Spirit is given; that you may serve Him in righteousness and holiness all the days of your life.
This world is not your home; Satan’s family are not to be your associates; riches, honours, or pleasure, are not to be your objects; you are to walk as in the midst of snares; watchful, prayerful, depending upon Jesus, and cultivating fellowship with Him.
O keep your eye on Jesus, as your example; walk by His word, as your rule; be not venturesome or presumptuous, but avoid the very appearance of evil. Never leave the Lord’s ways or ordinances, to join the world’s parties or to please a carnal fancy. Keep close to Jesus, and follow on to know the Lord. Act as a loving child going home to his father’s house.”
So let our lips and lives express
The holy Gospel we profess;
So let our works and virtues shine,
To prove the doctrine all Divine.