By Johnie Edwards
Walk Worthy Of The Lord
Paul told the Colossians, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10). Paul expressed the same thought to the Thessalonians. “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:12). To walk worthy of the Lord and God is to walk in a manner which corresponds to the high standard set by God, respecting what the Lord has done for us.
Paul admonished the Epheisans, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). To walk circumspectly is to walk carefully, being cautious and attentive. A Christian must walk strictly according to the Word, using his time wisely.
Walk In Wisdom
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without redeeming the time” (Col. 4:5). Christians must constantly remember that outsiders are watching the walk of God’s people. Someone has well said that outsiders “watch our walk more than our talk, and measure our talk by our walk.” So, Christians must walk wisely.
Walk in Honesty
“Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantoness, not in strife and envying” (Rom. 13:13). A Christian must be honest and practice such in his daily walk. Paul also admonished the people in Thessalonica to “walk honestly toward them that are without and that ye may have lack of nothing” (1 Thess. 4:12). Honesty is still the best policy!
Walk In Love
An essential characteristic of the Christian’s walk is to walk in love. Paul told the Ephesians, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and bath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor” (Eph. 5:1-2). One of the things which is lacking in the walk of so many of my brethren is love one for another. During the last few years while there has been so many things slipping into the Lord’s church which are not authorized by the Word of God, brethren have been alienated because they fail to walk in love.
Walk After His Commandments
“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments” (2 Jn. 6). To walk after God’s commands is to seek after and obey His will. This all Christians must do. The results of such walking can mean much to a Christian. If we will walk as God desires that we walk here on this earth, we someday can walk with Him in white. As we read the letter written to the church at Sardis, we can learn the results of such walking. “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy” (Rev. 3:4). Look over your life and see if you need to make some changes in your walking.
Truth Magazine XXII: 13, p. 215
March 30, 1978