Walk Circumspectly
Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 21:18

Walk Circumspectly

(Ephesians 5:15)

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” What does it mean to walk circumspectly? The word “walk” is a figure of speech meaning the whole of a person’s life. “Circumspectly” means carefully. We are to walk carefully. In this verse there are two ways to walk.


The walk of a fool - without reason, lacking common sense, spiritually dull, stupid. We certainly do not want to walk like a fool. Fools deny God (Psalms 14:1), but more than that they deny his right to rule in a persons life. Romans 1:21 may sum it up, a “foolish heart darkened”.


The walk of the wise – there are some things that are not a part of this walk, the “NOT’S):

  1. Not after the manner of carnal men (I Corinthians 3:3)
  2. Not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7)
  3. Not in vanity of mind (Ephesians 4:17)
  4. Not disorderly (II Thessalonians 3:6)

Rather, walk:

  1. In good works (Ephesians 2:10)
  2. In wisdom (Colossians 4:5)
  3. By faith (II Corinthians 5:7)
  4. In truth (II John 4)
  5. After the commandments of the Lord (II John 6)

How are you walking tonight? Well, it is certain we are walking in one of two ways: in the way of the wise or in the way of the fool.


A fool will walk after the foolishness of his own vain imagination (Romans 1:21), and it will seem right to him (Proverbs 12:15). A wise man will seek to find God with all his heart (Jeremiah 29:13), and it will not be difficult for God is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27).


If you are not a Christian, you can through obedience to the gospel, begin “walking in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). What is required to obtain salvation?

  1. You must hear the word (Romans 10:17)
  2. Believe the gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16)
  3. Repent of past sins (Acts 17:30)
  4. Confess Christ before men (Romans 10:10)
  5. Be baptized for the remission of past sins (Acts 2:38)
  6. Live faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10)

Will you walk circumspectly as the wise? Then take up your cross and follow him (Matthew 16:24-25).