How Can We Walk the Strait and Narrow

July 19, 2009

Christianity is not about a moment in time. It is not about getting baptized. It is not about a moment of repentance. Christianity is about a walk. Jesus died, not so we could be saved. Jesus died so that through saving us we might walk as God wants us to. In Ephesians, Paul lays out directions for us and our walk.

Ephesians 2:10 says we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ to walk in the good works God created beforehand. We were not recreated in Christ to sit on our hands. We were not recreated in Christ just to be forgiven. We were not recreated in Christ to simply “go to church” regularly. We were recreated in Christ to walk in good works, that is, to continually do good works.

Ephesians 4:1-3 says we are to walk in a manner worthy of our calling as Christians. It digs deeper regarding the good works we are to do. We are to walk in humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and unity.

Ephesians 4:17 says we must not walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their mind. This demonstrates there must have been a change. We once walked in that futility. Now we must be different. We no longer go to the same excess as them. We need to recognize that this is a real difference. This is not just a minor change regarding where we spend Sunday mornings. This is a change in how we walk, how we live.

Ephesians 5:2 says we must walk in love. As Jesus explained that the greatest commands were about love, we must let love govern us completely. The goal of our instruction is love. The motivation of our obedience is love. We love because God loved us. As Jesus walked in love, sacrificing Himself for us, we must walk in love sacrificing ourselves for God and others.

Ephesians 5:8-10 says we must walk as children of light striving to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. We walk as in the day, not in the night. If what we are doing is something we want to keep secret, then it is something we shouldn’t be doing. We need to walk in the exact way we would if we were surround by an exposing light and all eyes were looking at us.

Ephesians 5:15-16 says we must walk wisely because the days are evil. That is, we do not know our time. We do not know how much time we have. Therefore we need to use the present moment wisely. Instead of wallowing in the past or dreaming about the future, we need to live in the present by walking in God’s will.

Christianity is not about sitting still. It is about a journey with the Lord. We need to make sure we are walking on that journey in the proper way. Let’s help each other walk on Christ’s straight and narrow way.

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