Walking a fruitful walk, as a follower of Christ, is a focused and filled walk (Ephesians 5:15-21). What does this new life in Christ mean? Paul lays out the theological ramifications of the believer’s new identity in Christ in chapters 1-3, and he gives practical instructions for being a faithful follower of Jesus Christ in chapters 4-6.
Walking the walk involves a walk that is focused on being useful to the Lord (v.15-17).
Notice that the believer is commanded to walk circumspectly and is a natural conclusion of what has been said already (see 5:1-14). The conclusion drawn in verse 15 “then/therefore” resumes the exhortation of walking the walk. Walking circumspectly is a command for you, the believer, to see how accurately you are walking. Literally, you must see how carefully/accurately you are walking. Take the time to sit up and take note of your walk. Even more, it is a call to sit up and take notice in a habitual style. It is taking a regular reality check. Watch how carefully you are presently walking. It is important to understand that the command places an emphasis on walking accurately. One can watch with precision but still be precisely wrong. A runner could be timed at running a five minute mile, but the time would be wrong if the watch is not accurate. Watching with a view on accuracy means seeking to be correct all of the details.
Being useful to the Lord requires walking wisely (15b-17). Notice the contrast that is being made. The believer is command to not walk as a fool, but rather to walk but as a wise believer. The manner in which we walk wisely is by making the use of every opportunity to serve the Lord.
“Redeem” is translated from a Greek word (ekagorazo) that does mean to deliver/liberate, but the idea here in Ephesians it that making a wise purchase. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” However, in Col. 4:5 and Eph. 5:16 this word is used with an intense meaning drawing from its usage in buying up things in the market place. The Greek word agora refers to the open space used for assemblies and markets. Colossians 4:5 says, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” It is the wise merchant who foresees an opportunity to make use of a good deal. He/she snatches it up. This is the picture presented here in Eph. 5:16. It is snatching up for yourself every opportunity to serve the Lord.
The reason we must do this is because the days are evil (v.16b). Walking wisely by buying up every opportunity to serve the Lord is not a natural occurrence in this world. In fact, it is quite the contrary. There is a constant drive to do everything for self and even others but not for the Lord.
In John 12:35 and 36, Jesus says “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.”
Being useful to the Lord requires having an understanding of the will of the Lord (17). Notice the second contrast that is painted. You must not be unwise (i.e. become foolish). But you must understand (i.e. be understanding regularly) what the will of the Lord is. The will of God that is being spoken of here pertains to God’s desired will. In other words, the believer is seeking to live out what God would desire. The believer’s desires are then being brought in line with God’s desires. For example, it is God’s desire that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). How much of your day, believer, are you willing to rearrange in order to share the message of the Gospel in word or deed?
Walking the walk is a walk focused on being useful to the Lord (15-17). However, the believer does not on his/her own strength. Secondly, walking the walk is a result of being filled with the Spirit (18-21). Notice the third contrast that is painted verse 18. You must not be drunk (passive sense of being influenced by it) with wine which is excess/abandon but rather you must be filled with the Spirit (passive sense of being influenced by Him).
Notice that the result of being filled with the Spirit is seen in several ways as listed below.
∙ Speaking to yourselves/one another in Psalms (O.T. songs), hymns (song of praise to God), spiritual songs ( song of joy, praise or singing ) the key word is spiritual which is to say that they ought to flow from the control of the spirit not wine.
∙ Singing and making melody (psalm of praise) in your hearts to the Lord
∙ Giving thanks always for/because of all things in the name of the our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. It is a thankful heart.
∙ Submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of the Lord. Submitting to your roles.
Conclusion: Walking the fruitful walk is a focused and filled walk.
It is focused on the being useful to the Lord
It is a result of being filled with the spirit.