Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Keep Walking

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

When I was a kid, we sang a song in our church titled, Keep Walking. The chorus was:

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

Walking is a deliberate thing. Seriously, have ever been sitting in your Bark-O-Lounger and all of a sudden your legs carried you to another room, unbidden? I think not, because, as I said, walking is a deliberate thing.

Not only is it a deliberate thing, it is a serious thing, especially our walk with God. Over and over the Bible regards the life of a Christ follower as a walk — one that is to be “worthy of God” [see Ephesians 4.1; Colossians 1.10; 1 Thessalonians 2.12].

The Greek word translated worthy, implies the idea of weight or gravitas. In other words, it’s an awareness of whose presence we are in. You wouldn’t show up in shorts and barefooted at a black tie event, would you? Or purposefully show up late to an appointment with the president at your workplace? Of course not. Walking worthy takes into account the “worth” of your audience.

That’s what keeps a Christ follower from ever being indifferent to the need to walk their talk. When you accepted the call to follow Jesus, you simultaneously signed up to a life — a walk — that pleases God. Sure, you’ll get discouraged along the way. Undoubtedly you will be disappointed in your walk at some time or another. But remember, the Holy Spirit is at work in your believing heart, and He can lead you in a walk that truly delights God.

You can walk worthy of the Lord who saved you. Yes you can! What do you need to do? Just pick up your feet and start walking. And keep walking. Walk in moment-by-moment thoughts of honoring Christ. Keep walking every day. Keep walking after every stumble. Just keep walking.

We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2.12

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