THE WALK OF A CHRISTIAN BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1).
One of the dynamics of Christianity is derived from a very important word from the verse above: WALK! There is the walk of a Christian. When you are born again, the first thing God want to help you “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Colossians 2:6).
How you live every day, how you relate with other people, how you relate with God – and the kind of mind you have – these are very important to God. There is a way a Christian should and must live that distinguishes him or her from a non-Christian. Someone may be born again and not live the Christian life. In fact, some do not even know what a Christian life really is. But the Bible says, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind” (Ephesians 4:17).
This is one of the reasons churches and pastors are important, because the spiritual life requires training. God brings His children into congregations, church assemblies, and gives them pastors after His heart to train them, teach them, and build them through the Word (read Ephesians 4:11-14).
God expects that in the Church, every new person that receives Christ, that becomes a member of the Church, is trained in the Christian walk. Then, He tells us why: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14).
In the 15th verse, He tells us the end-result – growth: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” The Christian walk is not just for baby Christians. You begin by learning it as a new convert, but God expects you to grow unto maturity and become firmly rooted in the faith, and live triumphantly every day to the praise and glory of His Name.
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Through the Gospel, I have been separated from the world unto God, from righteousness, and from darkness to light. I open my heart and mind to be trained and educated in the things of God. And through the Word, and by the Spirit, I am growing unto maturity, firmly rooted in the faith to live triumphantly always. Amen.
1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV) “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”
Ephesians 4:1 (AMPC) “I THEREFORE, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service”