How many of us have been on a walking tour? Maybe you planned a vacation with your family and decided to make it an educational vacation and went to Gettysburg and took the many tours they offer. You had the privilege of walking the battlefields and paying your respects to those that gave their lives for us. Perhaps, you have been to Boston and walked the road the Redcoats walked or the ride of Paul Revere. Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many others roamed the northeast and history was made. Have you ever had the privilege of touring a portion of the Underground Railroad? Maybe you went out west and road a cattle trail through the canyons. Just think of all the paths and roads that are out there that we can travel and learn about our history as a nation and as a people!
We plan our lives around the paths others have taken before us. We do this to learn and understand what they went through so that we may live the lives we live today. Truly though how often do you think of the path Jesus took so that we may live the life we life today? Does it even cross your mind? When you plan that vacation and you think of the history books and all the exciting things you can see or do, does your Bible cross your mind?
You can walk the streets of Boston and take the path of Paul Revere in July but are you walking in the pathway of Jesus everyday? 1 John 2:6 tells us “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (NKJV). What does this mean? Are we supposed to travel to the Holy Lands and walk the streets of Galilee, visit Nazareth, or travel through the desert on foot? Although that would be an exciting vacation of sorts, it is not what is being asked of us. In 1 John, the apostle John is telling fellow Christians all that he has heard, seen and witnessed. He is telling us that now that we know Him, we must keep his commandments. We must love one another and teach one another, just as Jesus loves and taught us. Jesus went around the land preaching, teaching, and serving those that would hear him.
Paul wrote to those in Ephesus and fellow Christians “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1-6. Paul is telling us to walk worthy of our calling. We are to walk in the way of Jesus. When we are in this world, we should be looking for the path Jesus has set before us. We cannot fail. We cannot get lost if we stay in his path. We sing the song “The Footprints of Jesus, they make the pathway light.” Is that not the truth, Jesus wants us to walk in his path, walk in his light. He has shown us the way, we just need to follow it and spread our love and our light along the way. Ephesians 5:2 “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” We again are told to walk in love, as Christ loved us.
We are also commanded to walk into our New Life as Jesus walked in his after his resurrection. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even as we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 8:1 “There are therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
As you see, we are commanded to walk in the path of Jesus. We are to strive to do this daily, not just a few times a year or one day a week. He has given us the path and his footprints light the way. All you have to do is listen, look and believe.
Have a Blessed day.