by Ken Cooper
Do you notice how people walk? You can tell a lot about a person by the way they walk. For instance, go to a shopping mall and watch people walk. Some people are more like runners in the mall, they are driven, they walk with a purpose. They have a list of items they are wanting and the stores in which to find them. They don’t waste any time. They hunt their quarry down, bag it and drag it home. There is another group that frequent the benches in the malls. These are the grandparents who are shopping with their grandchildren. They are the tired walkers. Then there are the window-shoppers. They casually amble along looking in the store windows not really interested in anything in particular but in everything in general. Another group who walk the malls walk with a purpose. They are the “mall-walkers” They are those who walk for fitness. They walk when the weather is bad, when they are on break or just to socialize.
Just as we can tell something about a person by the way they walk physically, we can also tell
something about a person by the way they walk spiritually. The bible often refers to the way we live as our walk. So for the next few weeks we are going to talk about our Christian walk. We will look at some scripture to see what the Bible has to say about the way a Christian should live. Romans 6:4 “We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.” (ASV) We start with this one because it is about when we become a Christian. When we are baptized into Christ, our old way of walking is put to death and we receive forgiveness for our sins and are ushered into the body of Christ, we are born again. A change happens. The old way of walking needs to be put off. We live differently now. There is a fundamental difference in the very nature of the Christian. We are no longer slaves to sin. We no longer stand guilty and condemned before God. We are forgiven, we have been born again, we stand holy and blameless before God. Things aren’t the same, we are a different person when we become a Christian. We are a new person. Therefore, we need a different way of walking. This doesn’t come naturally. If you are taking up walking for exercise and want it to do you some good, chances are very good that you will have to change your old way of walking. Your posture may have to be improved, the way you hold your hands and arms will have to be considered, you might have to buy a pair of shoes designed specifically for walking, and most likely you will have to pick up your pace while you walk. You will need a new way of walking. The apostle Paul explains it this way, Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (NIV)
If we are to walk (live) differently as a Christian some changes have to be made because we have been changed. You need a new way of living because you are a new person with a new nature. Our Christian walk is influenced by new values and priorities, the putting away of old habits and attitudes that were bad for us and by obeying the commands of scripture. It’s accomplished not by our own strength of will but by submitting to the power of God’s Holy Spirit. It’s a walk of faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “for we walk by faith, not by sight; (ASV).