By Johnie Edwards
The word walk occurs many times in the Bible and is descriptive of one’s living. When the Scriptures refer to the walk of a Christian, reference is made to the way one lives. It means to step rightly. I want us to take a look at a number of Bible rules which must guide the walk of a Christian.
Walk In Truth
David’s charge to his son Solomon is a principle Christians need to learn. “If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul there shall not fail thee a man on the throne of Israel” (1 Kings 2:4). God has always demanded that His people walk in truth. John said, “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 Jno. 4). To walk in truth is to walk according to the word, for the word is truth (Jn. 17:17).
Walk By Faith
Many Old Testament heroes are recorded in the New Testament (Heb. 11) because they walked by faith. Man cannot please God without faith (Heb. 11:6) and the Christian must walk by faith. Paul said, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). To walk by faith, is to do things for which we can see no reason, but because God said do it.
Walk In The Old Paths
The principle for which Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, pleaded is one which Christian’s need to heed today. He said, “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls” (Jer. 6:16). But they, like so many today, said, “We will not walk therein” (Jer. 6:17). Too many want to modernize God’s way but it will just not work!
Walk In The Light
John said, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 Jn. 1:7). To walk in the light is to walk as the word directs, for the light is a “light unto my path” (Psa. 119:105).
Walk In Christ
After a person has been “baptized into Jesus Christ” (Gal. 3:27), he must then walk in Christ. Paul told the members at Colosse, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk ye in him” (Col. 2:6). Too many church members are content to just be baptized into Christ and then fail to walk in Him. Walking in Christ is just as vital as being baptized into Him.
God expects His people to walk uprightly. The Psalmist asked, “Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy Hill?” Then he answered, “He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart” (Psa. 15:1-2). Solomon said that God is a “buckler to them that walk uprightly” (Prov. 2:7). Let’s strive to walk uprightly in ’78.
Truth Magazine XXII: 11, p. 183
March 16, 1978