by Gloria Furman
My youngest kiddo started walking this week.
I am so proud of him even though his “walk” is more like a cross between a duck waddle and a gorilla charge with his arms in the air!
All of this enthusiasm over walking reminded me of how the Book of Ephesians traces the theme of walking and the Christian life.
In this very short book, the theme of walking takes up a fair amount of discussion. Here are some of the key points:
1) Jesus saves us from walking in deeds of death.
Before we followed Christ we followed “the prince of the power of the air”—Satan. We were dead in our sins and we were walking in our sins. We were dead women walking. (Eph. 2:1-2)
We walked in futility and ignorance because we didn’t know the life of God. Just like a callous forms on your feet, calluses formed in our hearts. (Eph. 4:17-19)
2) Jesus calls us to walk his way.
We ought to walk in good works. By grace through faith we are saved. We are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:8-10)
We ought to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel. “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Eph. 4:1-3
We ought to walk in love. Jesus walked in love with a cross on his back. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:1-2).
We ought to walk in the light, not in the dark (Eph. 5:3-14).
We ought to walk carefully. We should walk with wisdom as we go about our mundane day. We should God’s will as we eat, drink, talk, sing, and relate to other people. We should consider God’s sovereignty in our circumstances and be thankful. (Eph. 5:15-21)
Do you want to watch your steps? Here are a couple of questions you could ask yourself based on Eph. 4:1-2:
- Do I take humble steps or do I strut?
- Do I walk gently among people who are hurting?
- Do I walk patiently with the people in my family?
- Do I lovingly keep walking with people even when they’re difficult?
- Do I eagerly walk in step with other believers or do I enjoy throwing off the bonds of peace to march to my own drumbeat?
And here’s one last question about walking, which may be the one of greatest significance:
Just as I received Jesus by grace through faith, am I now walking in him by grace through faith? Or am I trying to walk now in my own strength?
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7