One thing that I do as part of my daily routine is that I go to the gym and work out 5 or 6 times a week. This is not a part of my day that I enjoy, but it is something I must do for my physical health. I vary my workouts between cardio (treadmill), weight training and swimming. One part of my day that I enjoy way more than my gym routine is the time I spend each morning in the Word of God and seeking God’s guidance and direction in prayer. This spiritual discipline is profoundly important to my walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. I delight in my private devotions to Christ for my spiritual health while I endure my workout at the gym for my physical health. I want to keep on keeping on both the spiritual realm and the physical realm so this is how I start almost every day (I actually don’t go to the gym on Sunday mornings).
Paul in the 4th chapter of Ephesians exhorts us about our spiritual walks. He writes, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,” (v.1 NASB). The word walk is speaking about the walk of life. It is implying motion, direction and progress. Paul’s encouraging us to be making progress in our spiritual lives and live daily in a way that would glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. Last week Deb and I spent the night in NYC for Deb’s birthday. That Wednesday we wanted to go to Central Park to do the horse and carriage ride around the park. We were staying on 94th and Broadway and needed to get to 59th street where the horse and carriage rides were located. We took a taxi. But on the way back we started walking. We decided to price one those bicycle taxis and the driver told us it would be $1.00 a block, so we just kept walking. We walked all the way back to our hotel. I was amazed at our progress. I am also amazed at God’s grace so I can continue to walk daily with Jesus.
Paul tells us to “walk worthy” of our calling. The word “worthy” means to be proper in living in a way that is expected of a child of God. How are you valuing the worth of you daily walk with Christ? Paul admonishes the Colossians in the 3rd chapter of his letter to that church with these words, “and whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father”, (v. 1 NASB). God has called us into a worthy walk with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what your vocational work is, if you are a follower of Jesus you need to be walking daily with Jesus. What does that look like in practical living? I’ll be unpacking that in the weeks ahead but for now let me say that you and I as Christians need to be studying and striving to be more and more like Jesus Christ in all we do, say or think. We’re never going to agree on everything but for now let us agree to exercise daily by walking with Jesus!
To God be the Glory,