Recently my physician told me I really needed to start walking each day. Like so many of us, my flesh is growing… and it’s starting to take a toll on my well-being. My doctor said that I should view walking as an investment in my future. I couldn’t help but agree (she made me shake hands!) and see, as well, the spiritual parallels of this good advice. In the Scriptures the spiritual health of a believer is directly linked to how he walks. Notice Ephesians 5:8 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light”.
A number of years ago I heard a Bible teacher offer a great definition of walking, “In the process of walking, each step is the manifestation of the beginning of a fall, and with each step there is the temporary loss of equilibrium.” One only needs to imagine a toddler unsteadily learning to walk to truly grasp the truth of this definition. When a child is learning to walk there are a lot of anticipated and actual falls that are experienced in the process. We have all seen children hanging on to something as they learn to walk, perhaps a nearby coffee table, or better yet, a parent’s hand
This picture of walking presents us with an opportunity to visualize our spiritual walk. For the believer, each step of our lives should be an act of complete dependence upon the Spirit of God. Instead of holding on to the things of this world, or depending upon the strength of our own flesh, we must be found instead laying a firm hold upon the outstretched hand of God as He seeks to lead us. We are, after all, His dear children. His desire for us is that we might grow in our dependency upon Him. He wants for us, His children, to grow in our reliance upon the power and ability of the indwelling Spirit of God.
Walking in the Spirit will keep us from experiencing many harmful things that we might otherwise bring upon ourselves. This is why the apostle Paul wrote “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16). The key to our victory over the sinful desires of the flesh is to walk in the Spirit.
What does it take to walk in the Spirit? It takes a yieldedness to God that comes through humility, honesty, brokenness, obedience, agreement with God’s Word, and an understanding of God’s character. All of these characteristics are evidence of spiritual health in the believer’s life. Each year many folks make it their New Year’s resolution to walk more. Nothing wrong with that. But this year, won’t you make it your resolution to walk more… in the Spirit of God?
Post by: Keith McMahon, NBBI Faculty
This article appears in the January 2010 Open Bible Bulletin. Download the pdf copy here.