Walking is not that simple. It takes practice.
Walking like the world… that looks easy.
You create your own truth
and then you live by your own standards
always trying to choke back guilt.
Walking like a nominal Christian… that is not so easy.
You choose what to believe from the Truth,
and then you live by your own
standards most of the times trying to suffocate the Truth.
Walking like a Christian… that is not easy.
You don’t get to define Truth,
and then you are called to live by its standards
and proclaim Truth, never drown it.
I think of my children when they were little, and how their brains and legs knew how to walk. I loved to be there to hold their hands, and push them a little bit, and hug them happily whenever they took a step. I was there too when they were insecure and fell, and cried, and were afraid to take a new step. And this is how our Christian life is.
We, Christians, are born of the Spirit. We can walk in Truth, our new nature is built for that, but it is also true that we need help and encouragement, someone to hold our hand and teach us. Someone who will hold us tight when we want to avoid the Truth. Someone who will pray with us whenever we are afraid to take another step.
Our Father in his goodness provides us with relationships that help us walk this Christian life; but more importantly, He has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to teach us and encourage us to walk in the Faith.
Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gave us some instructions on how our walking should look like. As I read his epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, I marked down these verses, and I encourage you to read the whole epistles (not only the verses! That would be like cheating 🙂 ) to find them, meditate on them, pray about them, and put all diligence to walk in them:
Ephesians 2:1-2; 2:10; 4:1-3; 4:17; 5:1-2; 5:8-10; 5:15
Colossians 1:10; 2:6-7; 4:5
I Thessalonians 4:10
Today is Saturday and maybe it is a good time to do this; read the epistles in one sitting, just like your favorite book, that one that is hard to put down, and find your delight in abiding in the Word.
I will be digging in the rest of the epistles this weekend to search more about how this walking in the Lord should look like.
We must be ready, this walk is not always easy, let us hold tight to the Father’s hand and depend on Him.
“Growth in grace is to know more of Christ, His excellence, preciousness, and fullness, through the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Growth in grace is to know more of our wretched, lost condition, our helplessness and unworthiness.” Mary Winslow
Have a most blessed weekend,
One of our followers in the Doctrines in the Kitchen Facebook page left this comment that I thought would be good to repost here:
“The School of Christ teaches that Eph 4:1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
Eph 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
Eph 4:3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,
Eph 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
Eph 4:19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
Eph 4:20 But you did not learn Christ in this way,
Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
Eph 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
Eph 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Eph 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
There you go, more to consider carefully…
Love you all!
This walk is hard because I am so sinful and rebellious! Thank you for your prayers and love!
Beautiful encouragement my friend. Thank you for upholding the Truth and proclaiming it to those around you. Yes, indeed…HE is Faithful and will help us each step of the journey. What a blessing to remind ourselves of this wonderful Truth!
Love to you!
So true. This walk is hard, and it's never over during this lifetime.
I couldn't help but think as I read this that not only do we need to keep focused on our own walk, but it is also so important to gently and lovingly (like a loving mother) help new believers as they begin their walk. It seems that so often discipleship involves a lot of teaching of doctrine (which is good) but not so much of the practical day-to-day support for new Christians.