The Christian’s Walk

The Christian's WalkText: Colossians 1:9-10

Walk refers to the way in which we conduct our lives. We must do so “in a manner worthy of the Lord.” This comes by being filled with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. It allows us to please the Lord and bear fruit. But what does this look like? How do we walk in a worthy manner?

Walk in Newness of Life (Romans 6:4)

  • This follows baptism (v. 3-4) – this is when our new life begins; in baptism, we become free from sin (v. 17-18; cf. Acts 22:16); but there is more to our new life than just forgiveness
  • We are to be different from the old self (v. 6; Colossians 3:9-10) – repentance
  • We are to be different from the world (Romans 12:2) – live by a higher standard
  • Walking in newness of life, after receiving forgiveness, leads us to walk in other ways [following points]

Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)

  • Walking by the Spirit, we will not carry out the desires of the flesh – two competing worldviews (Romans 8:6); the mind set on the Spirit focuses on God and eternity; the mind set on the flesh focuses on self and the temporal world
  • Deeds of the flesh (v. 19-21) – rooted in selfishness and a lack of self-control
  • Fruit of the Spirit (v. 22-23) – these are produced as we walk in the Spirit
  • To walk in the Spirit is to walk according to the teachings of the Spirit – the word of God (1 Corinthians 2:10)

Walk in Truth (3 John 4)

  • Walking in truth is related to walking in the Spirit [previous point] – He is “the Spirit of truth” (John 16:13)
  • To walk in truth, we must know the truth (John 8:31-32) – only possible by continuing in His word; continual study and growth is necessary (2 Peter 3:18)
  • Once we know the truth, we must obey it (James 1:22)
  • To walk in the truth implies continued obedience (v. 3; Philippians 2:12)

Walk in Wisdom (Ephesians 5:15)

  • We must not walk as unwise men, but as wise – there is a danger in knowing what is right and not acting upon it [previous point]; there is also a danger in failing to gain wisdom (learning from our experiences/mistakes in order to improve)
  • There are no new challenges to be faced (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10) – therefore, learn from the past
  • There are no new temptations to be overcome (1 Corinthians 10:13) – therefore, find the way of escape
  • Part of walking in wisdom is making the most of our time (Ephesians 5:15-16) – live by preparing for and being mindful of eternity (2 Peter 3:11, 14)

Walk in Love (Ephesians 5:2)

  • We do this as we imitate God and Christ (v. 1-2) – God is love (1 John 4:8); He clearly demonstrated His love for us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8); Jesus showed His love for us as well (John 15:13)
  • In the Bible, love is a sacrificial love – more than mere words and emotions (1 John 3:18); we must love others (1 John 4:9-11) and the Lord (John 14:15) sacrificially; give of ourselves
  • If we walk in love, we will obey God in all things (John 15:13-14) – Jesus laid down His life for us; we must lay down our lives for Him by doing what He commands; we must be crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) and carry out His will in our lives

Conclusion

  • If we walk in this way, we will please the Lord and bear fruit for Him
  • So let us always strive to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord

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