106: How’re you walking?

Having lived in a city for over six months now I feel more at liberty to share a strange phenomena I’ve discovered because I’ve seen it reaffirmed time and time again.

There are two types of walkers:

  1. The Sunday Strollers- These people can range in age from early teens to later in life, but their walk is the same. Although they are surrounded by great masses of people trying to maneuver around them, all they are concerned with is the person they are walking beside. It can be cute, but mainly it’s frustrating.
  2. The Speed Racers- This is typically the category I fall into. We have a place to go, a task to accomplish, and we don’t have time to walk without intention of purpose. We weave around people and grow annoyed when we get caught behind those Sunday Strollers. When an opportunity presents itself to go around them, we jump on it and zoom past. Hopefully they saw how fast we were walking.

I think the same can be said of our spiritual walks as well. Some of us meander through life with no true aim other than to enjoy those around us and the sights we see. Then, there are others of us who move with purpose, but who speed through life so quickly we miss a lot of things in the here and now.

Ephesians 4:1 reads “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,” In this verse we see Paul imploring the church at Ephesus to walk in a manner that was distinguishing of Who you served, that set you apart from the rest of the world.

What I love is that Paul calls himself a “prisoner of the Lord” because that is what we actually was. Paul was imprisoned and persecuted because he chose to follow God. His walk with Jesus was more important than anything and that showed in the fruits his life bore.

He knew what it was to suffer, to feel condemned by the world around him, but he continued walking. And Paul wanted the same for the church. He wasn’t wishing suffering or pain on them for the sake of it. No, he wanted them to experience Jesus the way he had. He wanted people to see that when you’re walking with Jesus, your entire life perspective changes. You change.

The way we walk with the Lord says something about how we perceive Him. Do we focus less on our calling and more on the things around us? Or, do we get so caught up in our calling that we miss those things around us?

I believe we are called to a balance of the two, a drive with a willingness for delay. You see, in John 11:6 Jesus remained in “two days longer in the place where He was.” He had learned his friend was sick, but He only left the place He was in when He felt the Father lead Him too.

I don’t have time to get into that story today, but I want us to realize the importance of walking in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called. Ask yourself honestly and pray God reveals to you what fruits you bear and how your life translates in the eyes of our heavenly Father. Are we living for Him and loving others, or are we living for Him but loving ourselves?

 

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