“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.”  Ephesians 5:15

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately and I’m finding out the importance of following the instructions to certain recipes.

Sure I can throw a steak or some chicken on the grill but when it comes down to preparing a meal I’m enjoying the “fruit” of following the proper ingredients.


In Ephesians 5:1-18, Paul is warning us to use ingredients to be wise. Unlike most recipes he is telling us what “not” to add. That’s the trouble I have when preparing a meal, I see the list of ingredients but have the tendency to substitute instead.

I find that unless I know what not to do it make doing what I’m supposed to do easier. God’s word often speaks to me in that way, “Be wise, not unwise” or “walk not in the counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1:1).

In the second part of the chapter we’re told how to prepare the meal. Most importantly in verse 20 “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

So if you have prepared a meal and there is a funny taste to it maybe you should check what you’re putting or not putting in. A good reminder as we realize the importance of being balanced. We have the ability to control the ingredients of our actions, when the flavor is too much or if we’re not enough to taste of the Spirit of God maybe we need to check the ingredients. I’m sure if the proper measure of God’s grace is present the right flavor will be easily attainable.

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man that trusts in Him.

Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25-26; 1 Timothy 2

Quote of the day: He will be with you every step of the way. And though it may take time, He has a celebration planned for when you cross over the Red Seas of your life.
Charles Stanley

Verse to Memorize:  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. Psalm 121:5-6

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