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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: Walking For Life
By Tiffany Secula


The benefits of walking for a healthy life are profound, however the Bible teaches how important walking is for spiritual fitness. God’s Word can teach anyone the steps to walk for life. It offers an excellent spiritual fitness program that anyone can follow and does not require any special equipment. The importance of spiritual fitness is rarely emphasized as the world seems focused on the physical, but it is of the utmost importance for great health to receive deep spiritual exercise daily.

The walking for spiritual fitness program starts when we are buried with Christ in baptism and raised to “walk in newness of life” Romans 6:4 (NKJV). The instructions then begin, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Colossians 2:6. We are always to “walk in the light, as He is in the light,” 1 John 1:7, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses is from all sin. The Bible thoroughly teaches us of that light in John 8:12 when Jesus spoke saying, “I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Walking for spiritual fitness is one-direction walking with specific purpose and drive to gain the ultimate goal; the eternal walk with God. Colossians 1:10 beseeches “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

This fitness plan is nothing new and has been taught for centuries. Paul wrote of it to the people in Thessalonica. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 shows it was being taught not simply by Paul alone but by all the apostles. He writes, “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God.”

This walk stands apart from physical fitness as we are instructed that “if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit,’ Galatians 5:25. If we are striving toward spiritual fitness and our goal is truly heaven then that is where our eyes need to be focused. This is brought out in 2 Corinthians 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Walking for spiritual fitness is to be a “walk in love” (Ephesians 5:2), a “walk in wisdom” (Colossians 4:5), and for us to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15). We are instructed that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.

In as much as this program for spiritual fitness instructs on where and how to walk it also enforces where to avoid walking. The instruction in Romans 13:13 is to “walk properly, as in the day; not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.” Special instruction is also received from 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 that reminds the walker, “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

As we walk forward everyday and our spiritual fitness grows, the Bible teaches remembrance for what was walked out of and encouragement for what to walk toward. As this spiritual fitness program is walked in daily, recall the words from Ephesians 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

Remember to always walk toward greater spiritual fitness and to strive daily for the purpose of obtaining that eternal goal and sharing it with those you meet along the way. Live so that one day you can proudly proclaim you have passed on the spiritual walk and say, as in 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth.”

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Maryolyn Payne02/23/07
Words well spoken. I love the emphasis placed on scripture. Keep writing for God.
Helen Paynter02/24/07
Some great points here, and I really liked the analogy and the way you extended it and organised your thoughts. For me, it would have hit home harder to make some of the same points in a piece of fiction or parable - perhaps just an expression of my reading preference. Good stuff, and keep writing.
Donna Powers 02/26/07
Very nice "walk" through these appropriate Bible verses. You really did some research here and it shows. Nice job
Marilee Alvey02/27/07
You have done an extensive job of research for this piece. It is so meaty! I found myself wishing that it was, somehow, broken up, perhaps into sections. I think that, if you did this, putting a heading on every section, that it would be a lot easier to follow. You have some TREMENDOUS points here! Of course they are: they come straight out of the Bible. I like the contrast from the physical emphasis to the spiritual emphasis. You've done a super job. Perhaps it's late and I'm tired, but I'd sure like these excellent points to be organized into sections for me so that I wouldn't miss them!
Joanne Sher 02/28/07
Excellent exhortation, and so full of spiritual truth! I would have loved a few examples from "real life" thrown in here and there, but this was very solid as is.
Patty Wysong02/28/07
I agree with all of the above--great truths put together well, and tied in with the physical act of walking. I, too, would have enjoyed some fictious examples or ones from real life. Good job!
Sara Harricharan 02/28/07
This has a lot of potential-I bet you could expand a bunch with this. Very well done, I enjoyed reading it and comparing it to my own life as well. Thanks for sharing! ^_^