A mother asked her 5-year-old son, Jason, what he studied in Bible class that day.
“ A man named Enoch,” replied Jason.
“What did you learn about Enoch?” His mom asked.
“He walked with God,” Jason answered. Then he added, “And the teacher said he didn’t ever die.”
“What do you think that means?” his mother probed.
“Well,” Jason thoughtfully responded. “He took a really long walk with God. And he walked a long, long way. Finally at the end of the day, God said, ‘Enoch, you’re closer to my house than yours. Just come home and stay with Me.’ And that’s what he did.”
Our work of the week is “walk.” The Bible uses the word in a figurative fashion. It means a manner of living. A course of conduct. A path of behavior.
It can be used in a negative way warning us not to “walk in the way of sinners.” Or to “walk in darkness.” Or to walk “disorderly.”
In a positive sense we are commanded to “walk in the commandments” of God. To “walk in integrity.” And to “walk worthy of the Lord.”
Author Rubel Shelly described our walk with God this way. “It isn’t a sprint from the baptistery to the pearly gates. Neither does it have to be a spirit-draining marathon that only the hardiest of souls can survive. It certainly isn’t a matter of standing still and letting your feet grow to the pavement. It is a steady walk in a chosen direction – living consistently with your heavenly calling through whatever experiences a lifetime brings.”
The book of Ephesians offers 7 constructive admonitions to improve our Christian walk.
(1) Walk a Different Walk than the World. (Eph 2:2)
Becoming a Christian requires a new way of walking. Living. Acting. Behaving. It means giving up worldly lusts. Fleshly desires. And sinful cravings. We’ve set our sights on a different course.
(2) Walk in God Ordained Good works (Eph 2:10).
This verse tells us how much God values us. He created us in Christ. He saved us to serve. He called us for good works. God’s work. This walk regulates our life.
(3) Walk in the Unity of the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:1-16)
This is a worthy walk based on our calling. Its attitude is rooted in humility, gentleness and patience. It’s based on the unity of the spirit and the oneness of Christian principles–one God, one Lord, one Holy Spirit, one Faith, one Baptism, one Body, and one Hope.
(4) Walk in Moral Purity (Eph 4:17-32)
Sexual impurity and unbridled lust characterized the heathen world. Their darkened life was founded in futility, fueled by sensual indulgence, and finalized in insensitivity, callousness, and moral degradation.
The Christian walk is a total opposite. It is based upon a knowledge of God, motivated by righteousness and results in holiness, honesty, honor, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.
(5) Walk in Divine Love (Eph 5:2)
Love is where our walk begins and ends. Love of God. Love of fellow-man. Love of family. Love of brethren. Love of the lost. Love is the stepping stone of our values and all other virtues. The entirety of the Christian walk is characterized by divine love.
(6) Walk in the Light of Christ (Eph 5:8)
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). Jesus is the light. He dispels the world’s darkness. Illuminates our path. Lights the way. And enlightens us on our journey.
(7) Walk in Spiritual Wisdom (Eph 5:15-17)
This walk is described as circumspect. It means to walk carefully. With caution. Exactness. And accuracy. Our walk is not haphazard, chaotic or careless. It is purposeful. Precise. And focused.
Do you want to go home and live with God? Then you must walk with God. Daily. Continually. Faithfully. So, one day you’re closer to His home than yours.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman