Christianity is not simply a religion. Christianity is not simply a lifestyle. It is a religion (with a specific day and pattern of worship) and a lifestyle (with a specific pattern of morality and behavior).
In Ephesians 5, the apostle Paul pinpoints three distinctive features of a Christian’s lifestyle. These are:
- A Christian walks in love: “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (v. 2).
- A Christian walks in light: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord” (vv. 8-10).
- A Christian walks in careful, precise obedience: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (vv. 15-16). “Circumspect” is not a word in common usage today. It translates a Greek word which emphasizes the idea of diligent accuracy. To be circumspect is to take great heed to carefully, fully, and precisely obeying God’s written will.
Love. Light. Circumspect. That is what life in Christ is all about.