The Walk

           The New Year is still in its early days and it seems that most of those days have been cold.  Most probably have not ventured out into the neighborhood on a casual walk but some have bundled up and played in the snow.  The choices of activities vary from person to person often depending upon the desires of the person. 

          Some may not choose to brave the cold but there is a walk of which the Bible speaks that every individual should choose to take. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

The Walk of FaithFor we walk by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7).  The child of God lives a life of faith because by knowing what God has done we know what God will do.  God has never failed in His promises and will never fail.  Even though the Christian has not seen Heaven, one can still know that Heaven is available.

 The Walk of Good WorksFor we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).  James recorded that faith without works is dead (James 2:17).  Works will not save an individual but a life without good works will cause one to be lost.  James later recorded that we show our faith by our good works.  Jesus also stated that the child of God glorifies God through his good works (Matthew 5:16).

 The Walk of WorthinessI therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called (Ephesians 4:1).  The word translated “worthy” could also be translated “appropriately”.  Paul is not saying that we are worthy of salvation but rather that having obeyed the gospel we are to live as one following Christ.  Therefore our walk is to be in the footprints of Jesus.

 The Walk of LoveAnd 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 (Ephesians 5:2).  The child of God is to live a life of love.  We love God because he first loved us (I John 4:19).  We keep the commandments of God because we love Him (John 14:15).  We love one another because Christ loves us and to show the world that we are disciples of Christ (John 13:35).

The Walk of Wisdom  – Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time (Colossians 4:5).  The wisdom of God is far greater than the wisdom of man (I Corinthians 1:25).  The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing by which one can be saved.  It is the gospel of Christ with which the soldier of the cross is armed to go into the world.  But God also wants His children to remember that they to were at one time lost and by the grace of God we have been saved.  Therefore God commands us to go forth with the gospel, teaching it with love (Ephesians 4:15).

          No, we may not all choose to walk in the snow.  But as children of God we must walk as God has commanded.  The walk commanded by God is the walk that will take us to Heaven.