THOUGHTS

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Even as He Walked!   

 “There are many Christians who do not trust in God!” A brother in Christ explained to me, not too long ago to my chagrin.

Once again I have to express this truth that has been brought to my attention and I seem to recognize it more often than I ever did prior.

I was witness to it in a Bible class this past week when traveling, as the teacher of the class stated openly that “We (Christians) cannot walk as Christ walked”. Now before you say the obvious, he followed this by “It is too daunting a task to attempt”. 

There has to be a calm approach towards educating Christians to the knowledge that builds trust (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

So, let’s start with a simple look into the expected Walk of a Christian!

1 John 2:3-6Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

Right away, it should jump out at you that John is not talking about the style that one employs as he treks from one place to another on his feet. John is clearly teaching concerning the lifestyle of those who claim to know the Advocate of the Father (1 John 2:1-2).

Next we notice that John openly avows that we who claim to know the Advocate of God must walk as He walked.

Now the idea of walking as the Lord did can be intimidating to a Christian, especially a babe in Christ (someone who has just obeyed the Gospel). We have to acknowledge that in the end, He was the sinless Son of God, fully God, Who became like us and served the Father in perfect obedience for our sake (Philippians 2:5-8); is a pretty high standard.

God also through the Apostle John acknowledges that we are not going to achieve this same perfection (1 John 1:8); however, the effort to walk, even as He walked is universal in instruction by the Apostles of the Lord, note:

Colossians 2:6As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him”

So, what did the Apostles of the Lord know about the walk of Christ in our lives that they could openly avow that this walk is a must and transformational to all who wear the name of disciple of Christ and who garner the trust necessary to avoid being overwhelmed by the task at hand?

1.      The Mind of Christ

They knew that the word of God through Jesus Christ that the Spirit of God revealed through the Apostles and prophets of the New Testament, made known the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:10-16. To literally through study and daily devotion to the word, have the mind of Christ directing our steps!

2.     The Power of Mediation

They knew that when in our efforts to walk as He walked, we may stumble; that through repentance and once again returning to a walk of light, He is faithful and just to forgive us – 1 John 1:7-2:2. This is how Paul himself “pressed towards the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14.

3.     Strength of Provision

The Apostle Peter stated boldly that we have been given “all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him” 2 Peter 1:3. So thoroughly convinced were these men of God that He could bring them into a walk of the Christ that they taught and wrote that it was something every Christian should strive to achieve.

1 Corinthians 11:1Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”

They never used the language of impossibility, or too daunting! They were convinced as we should also be, note:

Hebrews 4:14-16Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Where are the words of doubt? Where is it prescribed that the expected walk was unachievable? The fact of the matter is the concept of doubt is not born of God’s word at all!!!

The only thing that can keep us from walking as He walked is us!!!

So, with trust, let us:

Walk in the Spirit – Romans 8:1-4; Galatians 5:16, 22-25.

Walk Worthy of God Who Called Us – Ephesians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:12.

Walk by Faith – 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Walk in Love – Ephesians 5:2.

Walk in Light – Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:7.

Walk circumspectly (carefully) – Ephesians 5:15-16; Colossians 4:5.

Walk in Truth – 3 John 4.

Walk Properly – Romans 13:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:12.

Walk in Good Works – Ephesians 2:10.

We as Christians must learn true trust, that when we pray for knowledge, we do our part to learn asking in faith (trust) – James 1:5-6. Learn to hear the words of the Lord for the sake of developing the strength to overcome!

Revelation 3:5-6He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Make these your new watchwords for everyday life:

Even as He Walked!”