“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” — “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:1-2, 10
Not all walking is the same. There is the stroll down the beach on a beautiful sunny day. Is there anything better than hearing the waves slap the shore, the sounds of birds above and feeling the warm sun on your face? How about a hike down a mountain path? Beautiful horizons, breathtaking waterfalls and exotic foliage as you walk back to the valley below. But then there is the walk from the car into the hospital after you have received news of a loved one who has been admitted. Or the terrifying walk into a court room as you face a legal battle. Or how about a walk looking for somewhere warm to sleep when you are homeless, living out in the streets. Not all walks are the same. Paul is writing about the contrast in two different types of walk. In this context the word walk means the way of life we choose to live. The first walk Paul talks about is a death walk. Walking through each day spiritually dead because of our own disobedience and sins, obeying the devil the commander of this world. The second walk Paul talks about is the walk of purpose and meaning. Paul writes that this is living as if we really believed we are the personal workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus for good works. This is walking through life with a meaning, a purpose and a mission greater than ourself. Where are you walking? You do have a choice. You don’t have to go down the walk of death. Today, choose life. Choose to follow Christ and walk with Him.
Father, help me walk with You. You know the times I have wandered down dead-end streets and alleys and ended up spiritually bankrupt. Thank You for sharing with me that I ‘m Your personal workmanship and that You have created me for doing good. Help me walk today in the kind of life You created me for. I choose to follow You.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I choose to walk with God
Picture yourself on a path. You are walking down the path and you come to a fork in the road. As you consider each path you have a vision. The one fork leads you to death and destruction. The other to a life living with Christ and all the good He has planned for you. Picture yourself choosing the good path. In your minds eye begin to walk the good path. Sense how good it feels. How free you are and how fulfilled. Find yourself rejoicing as you walk down the good path and let the joy sink deep into your heart.
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