Ephesians 5:15-16 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Many Christians get away from living a dedicated Christian life because they don’t keep their head up. I believe there are several area in which we need to be sure to keep our head up.
1) From Distraction
We have all seen it. Someone walking down the street, earbuds in their ears, and with their eyes looking down at their phones. That’s not a good way to walk through your day to day life, but it’s an even worse way to walk through your Christian life! Many times, Satan doesn’t need a terrible sin or a major trial in our lives to distract us. But rather, if he can get a spiritual “iPhone” in our hands, he can sideline us from our Christian service. Things like sports, music, extracurricular school activities, etc. take our minds – and eyes – off what is truly important.
2) From Discouragement
Have you ever been told to “keep your head up” when you were going through a tough time? Maybe you’ve even given that advice to someone who was struggling. Psalm 121 gives some encouragement to those who are down. The first verse of the Psalm says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” The truth is, you can’t keep your head down if you are looking “unto the hills”. If you are truly looking to the Lord for your help and encouragement, you won’t be able to keep your head down to long. When discouraged, look up!
3) For Dangers
The verses at the beginning of this article talk about walking circumspectly. In essence, this means to keep an eye on what is going on around you. In the military they use the term “keep your head on a swivel” to illustrate this same idea. It’s one thing to keep you head up from distractions, but you must also purpose to be vigilant toward your surroundings. Maybe this has happened to you: you are looking for something for what seemed like a long time. Then in a frantic voice ask a parent or sibling to help you look. You then find it in an obvious place and someone says, “if it were a snake, it would have bitten you.” That’s how our Christian lives are. We may not be completely distracted by this world, but we fail to see many of the dangers because we don’t have our heads up looking for the signs of those dangers.
Christian, I challenge you, keep you head up. Don’t become distracted, discouraged, or entrapped in the dangers because your head was down. Look up as you “contend for the faith.”