Paul’s Exhortation to “Walk in Christ”
Paul exhorts those who have received Christ to walk in Him (Christ Jesus).
This exhortation by Paul presents several ways that walking in Christ is displayed. See if you can find them in the following verses:
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:6-8
As we are taught
When children are very young, they must learn to walk. That skill is taught and encouraged by the parents and/or other caregivers.
As newborn babes in Christ, we also are taught and encouraged by those in spiritual authority over us.
We first must be rooted.
Having our salvation planted firmly in Christ, our doctrines taken directly from the Word of God, and maintaining an ongoing personal relationship with Christ as Lord, we will be built upon a firm foundation.
Then we must be built up.
As a tree begins to grow, it must have nutrients, water, and sunlight to continue the process or it will soon wither and die.
The Word of God will strengthen us. It is the water of life that sustains our spiritual growth. Jesus Christ will guide us as we seek His guidance. His Holy Spirit will teach us all things that we need to know in order to walk in a pleasing manner.
This process will establish us in the faith.
However, added to that process will be life’s experiences. The situations and trials of life will teach us to lean on Christ and reveal to us that we can trust Christ to be all He has promised.
As we abound in thanksgiving
We can then abound in thanksgiving, knowing that Christ has and always will meet our needs. He is our loving Creator who has prepared the way for us to receive salvation by giving His own life as a sacrifice. His sacrifice paid the debt for our sin. That debt is a debt no mortal man can pay.
We must be teachable
A man or woman who is walking in Christ is also teachable.
The more we study God’s Word the more we find ourselves desiring to know more about our Lord. We also find ourselves desiring to please Him in every area of our lives.
The more we study God’s Word and confirm to the image of Christ, the more we recognize the depths of deception and are able to prevent its attack from deceiving us.
We must learn to detect deception in all its forms
We must learn to sift philosophies and opinions through the filter of God’s Word. The more of God’s Word that we know, the more capable we are to detect the deception of evil when it is presented to us as truth.
God’s Word is truth. A real relationship with Christ is a presentation of truth. A person who walks with Christ is a person who walks in truth.
If you have received Christ as Lord, then I hope you are walking with Him today. May your conversations with Him be enlightening and enjoyable.
Copyright 2017 by Peggy Clark