SER19004-A CHRISTIANS’S WALK – 1

 

CHRISTIAN’S WALK – WALK WORTHY

 

Faith is given to us, by God, so that we can accept His salvation and enter into His world.  Having entered that world God expects us to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and walk the difficult pathway that leads to eternity with Him.  As Jesus said in Matthew 7 v 14: - Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way, and there are few who find it.  Faith is for living in this spiritual world and the first requirement is that we follow, and that means we must walk in the Spirit and live in the Spirit.  Let us examine how God means us to walk as His children and His willing servants.

            The characteristics of this walk are found in Ephesians 4: 1-3 - I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  First, we must walk worthy and in this verse God defines walking worthy within the live which He has made ready for us.  It has nothing to do with not letting God down, or behaving in an unseemly manner.  It is nothing to do with how you conduct yourself as a human being but everything to do with how you live and act as a spiritual being.  God knows that if you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, as He says in Matthew 6: 33 you will be first a spiritual being and second a physical one.  You are not called by God to be a better person than before you were saved but a new creation.  You may not understand how that can be but God says it is so and, therefore, it must be true.  So, the question is how can it be so and this passage gives you the answer.

 

Walk worthy with all lowliness

            The first thing God wants you to learn is to walk with all lowliness.  The word ‘lowliness’ means humiliation of your mind.  God says in Proverbs 3: 5 - …lean not on your own understanding, and again in verse 7 - Do not be wise in your own estimation; You must begin with the realization that you know nothing but that God can be trusted for everything.  Such is the magnificence of God that the only place you can start walking by faith is to ask the question that Paul asked when he came face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ.  He said, “What do you want me to do, Lord?”  That is all lowliness.  Once you are at that point do not go any further until God tells you, and be very sure that He will tell you.  God never reveals the whole scenario He has for you but often only the first step.  Whatever it is you must obey.

 

Walk worthy with all gentleness

            When you have waited for the Lord to tell you what He wants you to do the next step is to walk worthy with all gentleness.  Many people make a great mistake when it comes to the gentleness of the Lord.  Jesus described Himself as meek and lowly of heart but He certainly was not someone a person could bully or intimidate.  He had great strength of character and determination of mind.  We are called to be meek and lowly because we are sinners saved by grace.  The people we are sent to tell about Jesus are exactly as we were, in need of the love and salvation of Almighty God.  We are the messengers of God but we can never save a soul, so we must make sure that we show people Jesus.  Let the people see the Saviour not the messenger.  John the Baptist said that he was not worthy to undo the straps of Jesus’s sandals but he was worthy to proclaim the message.

            Go out on the pathway God selects for you with all meekness of heart but all confidence in the message you are taking.  Your very life will show the truth of the message just as the life of Jesus did.

 

Walk worthy with longsuffering

            God continues to expand what He expects from His children when He tells them to walk worthy with longsuffering.  God is saying that your walk must be with lowliness of the mind, with gentleness of the attitude and with forbearance of the spirit.  Many times you will meet people that will not agree with your walk and will mock or hinder or block the way and you must show forbearance when these things happen. 

Forbearance means you must show tolerance, patience, endurance and fortitude when confronted with obstacles on the way of God.  You must tolerate, with love, and have patience for the weakness of other Christians because the Bible tells us we must support our weaker brethren. Further you must endure with fortitude the many things you encounter that will make the road much harder than it could or should be.  God does not make the pathway simple and easy.  Instead He equips you to walk the path worthily.

Walk worthy bearing with one another in love

God has not only called us to support our weaker brethren but also to suffer with them.  Suffering can mean going through persecution with other Christians if God has given us a walk that leads through the pain of such an experience.  If it is so God tells us that we must stay alongside weaker Christians to help them go through the experience.  Sometimes it means you must bear the pain to save another who would buckle during the ordeal.  Even our Lord needed someone to bear His burden on the way to Calvary and so we must be prepared to go through such experiences also.

Not only must you be prepared to bear the burden for others but you must also be willing to bear the burden of others.  By this I mean other people’s attitude can be a very real burden to bear.  Other Christians make great demands of God and when He does not do what they want they moan and demand answers.  Many Christians think God will supply all their wants, rather than all their needs, through Christ Jesus.  Indeed, many think that because they want something that means they must need it.  God knows what we need and will supply all our needs.  He requires us to lay all our wants down when we follow Him.

 

Walk worthy keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace

            There are two important sections to this part of the command of God.  The first is the unity of the Spirit and the second is the bond of peace.  The unity of the Spirit cannot be maintained without the bond of peace, so it is essential that you understand the bond of peace first.  Again, there are two parts to this that you must understand.  The first is what it means by peace and the second is with whom do you form the and maintain the bond…

            The word peace is used many times in the Bible.  It is translated both as wholeness, compatibility and even salvation.  In every sense it means that the governing person is Almighty God.  Not you, not any other person but God.  There can be no bond of peace unless it binds you and anybody else within the body of Christ into the peace of God.  The peace of God cannot be understood by any human being, it can only be experienced.  God says in Philippians 4: 6-7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  You can only trust God if you are anxious for nothing.  Then you will ask of Him and He will guard your hearts and minds with His peace.  The bond of peace does not mean that you will go through life without a care, laughing your way through every situation.  You will still know the cares of this world and the cares of the world of God but you will have the total assurance that God is, and will, direct your path.  In your life God will indeed reign.

            When you, and others, know this bond of peace you will be able to pay full attention to keeping the unity of the Spirit.  We are only fallible people but we have a supreme God who is able to make us of one mind.  He tells us exactly what that oneness of mind should be in Philippians 2 when He says that we must have within us the mind that was in Christ Jesus.  That mind enabled our Lord to humble Himself even to the death of the cross, because that was the will of His Father, the will of our Father.  This walk is a miracle of God every single day and every minute of every day, but the wonderful truth is that you can do it.  Jesus came to serve and we are called to do no less.  We must make ourselves humble enough to serve one another with love.  Only then are we able to walk the walk of faith as God expects us to.

 

Walk worthy and walk confidently

            To walk worthy, we must understand that God has not called us to walk hesitantly or fearfully.  Ephesians 2: 10 says - For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  We are manufactured by God, not in our human state but in our spiritual life.  Spiritually we are designed by God, step by step and piece by piece.  Since we walk by faith, which is wholly given by God and can only be used with Him, it is obvious that everything we do, using that faith, is ordered and directed by God our Father. 

            We are truly His workmanship, in that we grow as we walk in faith and serve Him, and all we do is prepared beforehand by God, since He is omniscient and sees the end from the beginning.  Nothing is left to chance and nothing can go wrong, if we walk by faith.  We should be brimming with confidence, just as many of His servants were in the Bible.  Think of the boldness of God’s people in the Bible and know that God has it all planned, and we can be assured that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you can ask or even think.

ABL