Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Worthy of the Walk

An integral part of the Christian Faith is to live as Christ would have us live, to walk in righteousness, to understand who we are in Christ and to reflect that truth for the world to see.  While we are not worthy of the grace and mercy that God has given us in the gift of His Son and can never hope to earn it, we should recognize how fortunate we are and to continual turn toward God and attempt to walk in His ways.  We do this to give God the glory, to enjoy a life of peace, hope and love, and to show others that there is a God who loves them and is able give them hope for a new life on earth and life everlasting in eternity. 

I recently read John MacArthur's book on prayer, Alone with God.  I highly recommend it to all who are interested in deepening their prayer life and their relationship with Jesus Christ.

 Within it's pages, MacArthur shares scripture references that reflect how we are to walk as Christians and to demonstrate that we understand that we are worthy of God's calling.  I have taken those references and reorganized them and share them for you here.  I hope they will remind you of who you are in Christ and encourage you to "walk the walk", rather than just "talking the talk".  None of us are perfect but God is perfecting us (sanctification) and the more true we are to His ways the more we give Him the glory for saving us and giving us a new life and the hope to share with the world around us. 

Worthy of the Calling

A New Testament list of all that is encompassed in a worthy walk, for:

1 John 2:6 (NKJV)
6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

·         Purity

Romans 13:13 (NLT)
13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.

·         Contentment

1 Corinthians 7:17 (NLT)
17 Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.

·         Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight..

·         Righteousness

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

·         Gentleness & Humility

Ephesians 4:2-3 (NLT)
2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

·         Love

Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma

·         Light

Ephesians 5:8-9 (NKJV)
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

·         Wisdom

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NLT)
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.
16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

·         Unity

Philippians 1:27 (NKJV)
27  Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,

·         Thankfulness

Colossians 1:3 (NKJV)
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

·         Knowledge & Fruitfulness

Colossians 1:10 (NKJV)
10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

·         Patience & Joy

Colossians 1:11 (NLT)
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,

·         Truth

3 John 1:3-4 (NKJV)
3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

I hope you find this to be an encouragement to walk the walk of a disciple of Jesus Christ and that you actively share that hope with the world around you. 

God bless you.