“See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” Ephesians 5:15
What does circumspectly mean?
It means to be watchful, discreet, prudent, well-considered, and considering all possible consequences and outcomes.
Wise people do not rush into anything without giving it much thought. Fools do that.
How often have people ended up in trouble after doing something where they never considered the consequences of their actions?
Far too often judging by the things people do to get themselves in trouble. Just watch the news on TV and you will notice this.
Just this week I watched on the news about how some sharemarket investors lost money from a company whose share price crashed. It’s p rice rose 1000% in a short time. That would have been a red flag to experienced share investors but many novice investors who held on to their shares lost money. It is a sharp lesson.
And the lesson is, “Consider all possible factors before making an important decision. This can be a decision on anything whether its an investment decision, one involving a relationship, or a decision to purchase a house.”
Your lifestyle reflects your values so when people see how you live your life they also see what you stand for.
Therefore the question is this; “Based on how you live your life, are you a suitable role model for the younger generation?
You are not only to be a walking advertisement for your faith but also to be like the wise and walk circumspectly, not as fools do.
There is a saying, “You can tell a person’s character by the company they keep so what does the company you keep say about you?
That does not mean you should avoid people. Jesus talked to everyone, even the ungodly and no one can ever say they have never made any mistakes. You are to walk circumspectly in order that others may see the qualities in you that will bring others to Jesus.
A company will go to great lengths to ensure they hire the right people because they want to project the right image to their customers. Are you projecting the right image for your faith? Can those who do not believe see the difference between you and them?
If they do not then you have a problem.
It is important to accept wise advice and reject all others but have the discernment to know the difference.