It's Time To Drop The Caution Flag
Paul wrote to “be careful how you live” (Ephesians 5:15). What does living a life of caution look like? Are we to remove all risks, similar to driving behind the pace car in motorsports? Should we live a quiet Christian life, not rocking the boat in any relationship? Should we strive to live in the proverbial bubble, eliminating all contact with the world?
Many Christ-followers have succumbed to the bubble way of living. Allowing fear to consume the heart, we run and hide, praying for the return of Jesus to come quickly. In so doing, faith living has transformed into a top secret mission. Only approved Christ-followers are given the privilege of knowing what we believe.
Is this the life that Jesus called us to live? Is this what Paul was referring to when he wrote: “be careful how you live”? Should we eliminate all potential hazards, keeping our faith classified to keep the peace? Does silence actually produce peace?
I do not believe that Paul was calling us to a life of fear. Terror often grips the fabric of our being when the heart is triggered from past hurt, or uncertainty of the future overwhelms. Don’t get me wrong, this world offers a lot to be concerned about, yet, if we put our hope in Jesus, then we have a hope that lasts beyond humanity happenings.
I also do not believe that Paul is calling us to a life of secrecy. The entire theme of Ephesians 5 is to “live as children of the light”. In the midst of darkness, light cannot be hidden. It is inevitable, if light exists, it will be seen. Careful living does not mean to extinguish any existing light.
On the flip side, living a life of outrageous risks is also not the solution. There needs to be a balance. Every choice that we make should have a serious evaluation of the risks versus the rewards. Each day we are consumed with a multitude of decisions- from “what should I eat for lunch” to “is it time for a career change”. In all these cases, Paul calls us to “be careful how you live”. In other words, the instruction is to be mindful of the choices that we are making. Through our choices, do we represent Jesus?
Every decision we make matters and has some sort of consequence attached to it. The essence of “ME” ought to reflect the essence of God. This should be our aim in every decision we make.
We are not to live in fear. Christians should not be hiding under a rock somewhere. Jesus does not desire to be our secret friend. It is time to drop the caution flag. Live to be His light. With every choice being made, let’s evaluate if we will be reflecting Jesus or if we are becoming a mirage of the world.
The time is now. Drop the caution flag. Reflect Jesus well in each decision.