How Do You Walk?

March 6, 2015

                                    How Do You Walk?

Christians should be characterized by the way they walk.  When the Bible talks about our walk, it isn’t about how we move our feet.  It’s about how we live our life.

A child’s parents are overjoyed when he or she first learns to walk.  When those first steps are taken, it’s an occasion for getting the camera and taking some pictures.  No doubt our Heavenly Father is also pleased when we start walking as it says in Ephesians 4:1.  “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.”

When toddlers are learning to walk they like to have someone hold their hand to keep them from falling.  It helps to steady them.  A new Christian needs a mentor to help him get started.  All Christians are helped in their Christian life if they have a mentor, but new Christians need them most.  It is easier to learn how to live the Christian life if we can watch someone do it.  That is why it is good to start new Christians on discipleship classes.  They teach them how to be followers of Christ.

As we progress in our Christian life we form new habits.  For example, on Sunday morning we no longer debate about whether or not we should go to church.  We just go.  We don’t debate about whether we should tell the truth.  We just   do it.  Our conscience starts to kick in and tell us what we should and shouldn’t do.

We never get to the point, however, to where we can’t be tempted.  Forever we must do what Mark 14:38 tells us to do. “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Temptations aren’t as apt to overtake us if we maintain a close relationship with the Lord, but even then we still need to watch and pray.

Our text says we should “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called.” We are called Christians.  That means one who is identified with Christ.  People judge what it means to be a Christian by watching those who profess to be Christians.  Are we a good example?  What are they learning from us?  If we are forever complaining, never satisfied, then they have a right to assume that Christ doesn’t satisfy.  If we are constantly worrying about something, they have a right to assume that we can’t trust God to take care of us.

That’s why I ask, how do you walk?  Are you still stumbling around like a toddler or do you walk steady?  Are you setting an example before others of what it means to be a Christian?  If others have chosen you to be their mentor, will they learn to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith they are called?

If you realize that you are weak in some area of your Christian life, you need to pray that God will help you in that area.  Be humble and perhaps even admit to others that you are weak in that area so they won’t assume that that is just the way all Christians should walk.  I Corinthians 7:17 says, “But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.”

 

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