Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:1,2,8,15,16)
If we are the children of God, then we ought to fellowship with the Father. We are to walk as children of light, in wisdom and purity. The word “followers” in verse 1 is the word mimics so that we may say, “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as dear children.” Paul gave several purposes why we should walk in fellowship with the Father.
We are to walk in fellowship with the Father in love. Walking with God and in fellowship with Him teaches us to love Him and others as He loves. Without His abundant love abounding in our hearts, we cannot truly love others as we are commanded to do.
We are to walk in fellowship with the Father as children of light. Since we are to imitate the Father, then we should walk in the light having nothing to do with the darkness of sin. It is beneath the dignity of a saint of God to indulge in the sins which Paul names in Ephesians 5:3,4. Walking in fellowship with the Father is walking in the light of the Word of God daily, “called out of darkness unto His marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)
We are to walk in fellowship with the Father in wisdom. Circumspect comes from two Latin words which mean, “looking around.” See that you walk carefully, circumspectly, with guidance from the Word of God. Only a fool drifts with the wind and the tide but a person that walks in the fellowship of the Father walks in the knowledge and understanding of God’s will.
To walk in the fellowship of the Father is to walk in His love, with the light of His Word, guided by His wisdom. To fellowship with the Father is to follow Him being imitators of Christ that He may transform our minds through His glorious Word.