Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Worthy Walk

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

When I was a kid, my brother and I would sing duets from time to time in church. He was really good. Me, not so much. We sang a lot of Southern Gospel songs, one of which was Keep Walking. The chorus went like this:

You’ve got to keep walking, keep walking
Walking in the light of the Lord
You’ll get to heaven someday
Better get in the right way
Walking in the light of the Lord
© James Thomas Tucker, Tennessee Music Co.

Walking is a term in the New Testament that represents the Christian life. It simply means your day-by-day lifestyle or conduct. We’re not left to imagine what that walk is to be like. There are many references to it. We are to walk…

In newness of life - Romans 6:4
According to His commandments - 2 John 6
In good works - Ephesians 2:10
In pleasing God - 1 Thessalonians 4:1
(to name a few)

My attention is drawn to a statement by Paul to the Ephesian Christ followers - to “walk worthy” of your calling. Is that even possible? I must say, “Yes,” but only as you yield to the strength given to you by the Holy Spirit. Paul prayed for the Ephesians that they may “be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit” [Ephesians 3:16], and “filled with all the fullness of God” [3:19]. In other words, we must live by divine resources, not grit our teeth and try really hard!

You’ll never walk worthy by merely attending a Sunday Worship Service. And, it’s impossible to walk worthy without prayer and Bible Study. If that is your lifestyle, and you have an inkling of a desire to walk worthy, you will be a very frustrated Christ follower. 

It’s a New Year. I can think of no greater desire than to walk worthy. Commit your day-by-day life to Christ. Trust in His strength. Besides, why would you want to motor through life on your own power when you can live by the power of God? You can walk worthy, but it is possible only by depending on God’s resources.

Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 [HCSB]

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