Walking in the Way

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And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (Galatians 6:16)

One common image the Bible uses for the Godly life is walking. Enoch, Noah and Abraham were all described as walking with God and the Jews were often urged to walk in God’s laws. The Christian life is not a static one, but active. It is walking, not sitting.

The point of the image is that Christian life is one of progress and advancement. Growth is needed for the mustard seed to become a large plant. There is more, too: when we walk before God that means every part of our lives are lived in his presence. We march to a different beat and walk a different path.

In the end, this isall about putting Christianity into practice. Theory is all well and good, but practice brings the theory into reality. A guidebook is fine, but visiting a city is better. Head knowledge needs to become heart knowledge.

For many long centuries we have seen ourselves as a Christian nation, and so to walk the Christian path has been straightforward. Now, though, the Christian walk might be different to societies norms. No matter. In the end there is only one path which leads to “peace and mercy”. To quote from Watson once more:

When we leave men's inventions, and cleave to God's institutions; when we walk after the Word, as Israel after the pillar of fire; this is walking worthy of our heavenly calling.

Living Out Your High Calling

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called (Ephesians 4:1). - William Dobbie was a staunch Christian, and would often surprise dinner guests by calling them to prayer at the end of meals. In Parliament, Churchill once said of him: “That remarkable man, General Dobbie — a Cromwellian figure at a key point, fighting with his Bible in one hand and his sword in the other.” ... You have been called to a task, and to a way of life. God calls you by name, and says follow.


“For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away” (1 Kings 19:10) - The history of the church is long, and often perilous. At times persecutions break out, and great pressure is put on Christians to abandon their faith. At other times, though, the pressure is subtler and far more dangerous for the future of the church.

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