Scripture

Vs 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise …

Vs 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Vs 20 … giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Vs 21 … submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Observation

Paul is telling the believers how to live out their faith.

They must observe themselves closely … “look carefully how you walk”.

And think wisely … “understand the will of God”.

Living out the will of God includes giving thanks to God and submitting to others.

Application

Look at my “how” … and … understand God’s “will”.

I love that Paul wants me to have a very active mind and body.

Watch my walk and understand God’s will.

Does how I am walking match what God is willing?

I must “look closely” and “understand” clearly.

So, then what is God’s will?

Perhaps this is the most frequent question I hear from other Christians.

Paul tells me here it’s at least two things:

“Give thanks to God always for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

And … “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”.

Again, God does not separate our relationship with Him from others.

For both things, how I relate to God and others, the will of God is in the context of Christ.

So, I have to ask myself (or “look carefully” as Paul says) …

Am I thanking God always for everything? “always” and “for everything” …. That’s a big ask.

Am I submitting to others? “submitting” … another big ask.

Which is why if I am not doing these things, I need to check how I am relating to Jesus!

I thank God … in Jesus name!

I submit to others … out of reverence for Christ!

It all comes back to Jesus!

I don’t thank God because everything is wonderful.

I thank God because in everything I can see Jesus!

I don’t submit to others because they are wonderful.

I submit to others because I revere Jesus!

Another fascinating part of Paul’s instructions here is that it’s the opposite of how I want to so often live.

It’s so much easier to observe others closely and point out their foolishness.

And I want others to submit to me.

But Paul tells me to look closely at how I live and submit to others …

In Jesus name and out of reverence for Christ!

Prayer

Thank you, God … for everything!

Help me to be thankful when I ‘m not

Help me to look closely how I live

Give me wisdom and help me walk in it

And give me such reverence for Christ

That I will gladly submit to others

In Jesus name

Amen

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