7 New Pathways

Paul always does a great job of putting things in context and arguing the big picture - the days are evil and time is running out.  Therefore, even if you could get away with sin and still make it to heaven, there are assignments and missions that God wants you to carry out now before his great and momentous return, or before the day that you die. Christ has come and defeated evil once and for all, has called you to work for him as his disciple in the meantime, and is coming back soon, to answer the question: "What makes sense? How then should we live?”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
— Ephesians 5:15-21

The first new pathway of the Christian life is this: "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise." (5:15) The sense here is to live life in the mindful wisdom that a Biblical worldview gives.

The Second new pathway of the Christian life is: "Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." (v.16) Paul isn’t exactly talking about “Life Hacks” or the seven habits of the highly efficient person.  Biblically speaking, there is an important difference between permissible and beneficial, and we must learn to cultivate the beneficial - to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and make all things subservient to that great end!

In Prayer Today:

Ask God for the power to live in the new pathways of the kingdom of God.