[bibletalk] WALKING WITH CHRIST

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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 05:31:38 -0400
WALKING WITH CHRIST
By Steve Vice


Have  you ever taken a leisurely walk with someone you care about
deeply?  It seems like the birds sing a sweeter song, the foliage
is  brighter  green,  the  sky  is  bluer,  and  everything looks
brighter.  Now  imagine  you  are walking with Jesus Christ. What
would  you  notice?  How  would  you  view Him, yourself, and the
world?  No doubt all of creation would seem even more majestic in
the  presence  of  its  creator.  Your senses would be amplified,
striving  to  take  in  every  detail of such a great one who has
called  you His "friend" (John 15:14). One thing you would notice
about Jesus would be His care for those who walked with Him. When
the multitude was hungry, He fed them. When the sick came to Him,
He healed them. And all who walked with Him were taught the words
of God.

Walk in the Light

If  you  would walk with Christ you must walk in the light. Jesus
said,  "I  am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not
walk  in  darkness,  but  have the light of life" (John 8:12). To
walk  in  the light is to walk in the words of Christ. David said
that  the  Lord's  word was a lamp to his feet and a light to his
path  (Psalm  119:105).  Jesus'  words will give you the light of
life (John 6:63).

Walk in Agape Love

Your  neighborhood continues to change, with old neighbors moving
out and new neighbors moving in. But the second great commandment
remains  unchanged;  to  love  your neighbor as yourself (Matthew
22:39).  Jesus  demonstrated agape love for His neighbors through
His  life  of selflessness and His sacrificial death on the cruel
cross.  There  is  no greater love than this, that a man lay down
his  life for his friend (John 15:13). It is this same agape love
with  which Jesus has reached out to you that causes you to reach
out to others.
 
Walk in Service

You  were created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10). When
you neglect that service, then you are not walking in the purpose
for which Christ created you. But when you walk in the good works
you  will  hear Jesus say to you "Come, you blessed of my Father,
inherit  the  kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world"  (Matthew  25:34b).  Walking  in  faithful service to your
Father  provides  that  sense of purpose and fulfillment that you
are  searching for. It just makes you feel good. Whenever you are
feeling  low,  a guaranteed "pick-me-up" is to go out and do some
good works for someone else.

Conclusion

Walking  in  the  light,  in  love  and  in service are necessary
requirements for you who would walk with Jesus Christ. If you say
that  you  are  abiding in Christ, then you ought to walk just as
Jesus  walked  (1 John 2:6). This means that as you walk you will
feed the hungry, help heal the sick, give comfort to the hurting,
and  share  with  others the life giving word of God. As you walk
with  Christ, there is no condemnation upon you (Romans 8:1); the
blessings  of the Father are upon you (James 1:25); and the blood
of  Jesus  continually  cleanses  you  from all sin (1 John 1:7).
Walking  with Jesus brings peace, fulfillment, and contentment to
your soul. It gives hope, not only of the resurrection of eternal
life, but also for the life that you are now living (John 10:10).
Remember,  it is your heavenly Father who is inviting you to walk
with  His royal Son; "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus
the Lord, so walk in Him" (Colossians 2:6). What a great and high
honor!


In Christ, Steve Preston


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