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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)
- TITLE: Walking For Life
By Tiffany Secula
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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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