Walking or Stumbling Through Life?

The book of Ephesians reveals to us the mystery, the majesty, and the beauty of the church. In the beginning, the apostle Paul arrests our attention with the Holy Spirit’s description of who we are and what we can and should do as the bride of Christ. In the end, we are overwhelmed and blessed to be a part of such an exquisite union, yet intensely sober as Paul drills into us our responsibility to protect the reputation of Jesus Christ in our walk with Him.

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The apostle Paul is an interesting personality in the kingdom of God. Credited with writing approximately two-thirds of the New Testament, he is best known for his unshakable zeal for God. His intense allegiance to the will of God is awe-inspiring, but embedded in all of his teaching is his passion for developing and maturing believers. His mission in life is to prepare us to represent Jesus Christ on the earth. It is not enough for us to enjoy our salvation; we must also appreciate and respect the responsibilities associated with it.

Our actions, lifestyle, and the manner in which we relate to people are of paramount importance to Paul. He demands that we “walk worthy of the vocation [calling] wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1). In other words, we should conduct our lives in such a way that the Lord would not regret having saved us. At this challenge, many questions arise:

  • How willing are we to accept responsibility for our actions?
  • How committed are we to protecting the reputation of God?
  • Are we genuinely walking with the Lord, or are we stumbling through life?

Our walk with Christ is not a stroll around the block, it is a power walk through life! We do not walk in our own strength or wisdom, but in the power of the Spirit of God. Thus we walk with integrity because we feel responsible to represent Him well. The way we choose our steps demonstrates to all who watch us that we walk with divine, inspired purpose. Jesus Christ died for us, He called us, He loves us, and we will not let Him down.

We walk with an erect posture, looking toward our future. We are not wandering aimlessly as through we have no place to go and nothing to do. He has called us out of our dull and sinful lives into the glorious kingdom of God to fulfill His purpose and plan for our lives.

Jesus saved us, and in so doing He gave us a new nature. Now we are new creatures in Christ. Old things passed away the day we were born again (Acts 2:38). And so we walk in dignity, strength, and most of all love. Energized by His Spirit, motivated by His love, and guided by His wisdom, we walk into life overflowing.

Prepare yourself now to discover the joy of power-walking with God. And there’s no need to be afraid, because it is not your walk or my walk, but our walk with God.

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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