Bible Conference In Ephesus DAY THREE: WALK
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV)
So all of sudden, Matt Henry takes the pulpit for this Bible conference and lets loose with this… “Nothing is pressed more earnestly in the Scriptures, than to walk as becomes those called to Christ’s kingdom and glory. By lowliness, understand humility, which is opposed to pride. By meekness, that excellent disposition of soul, which makes men unwilling to provoke, and not easily to be provoked or offended. We find much in ourselves for which we can hardly forgive ourselves; therefore we must not be surprised if we find in others that which we think it hard to forgive.” And with that we are into why we need to walk.
Eight times in Ephesians the word “walk” is used by the apostle Paul. It may mean to “walk around” but Paul figuratively uses it to mean “to deport oneself” and “to order one’s behavior.” And the real test of “walk” is in the arena of our relations with others and for some of us this test can bring up our faults as Christians. It’s where “the rubber meets the road” and for most of us those tires aren’t filled to the proper pressures. Unfortunately for the “some of us” our heavenly calling is to be challenged in field of our relationships. Be they domestic or public, being yourself to the neighbors, being a husband to the wife, a father to the children and even between employer and employees. As Nee To-sheng puts it, “all in a most realistic way.”
We have to get ourselves to understand that ever since Adam took of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, man has been engaged in deciding what is right and what is wrong and that has hindered our walk with YHVH. Watchman Nee has boldly put into print that “Christ is for us the Tree of Life” and it sounds as if we eat from the wrong tree now, thanks to a simple little “Did God really say…” doubt place into the right ear to hear it. When we watch the news we can see that the natural man struggles with his own standards of right and wrong, justice and injustice and finding a peaceful “Co-existence” to live by. For the Christian, our starting point is not an ethical one but a wooden one…The Cross!!
Now maybe you’re saying to yourself that the Cross shows us how to come to an absolute surrender and I would agree with you but it also shows what it will look like when we following the Master’s instructions. We can find all of our walking instructions in a very famous sermon. The Sermon on the Mount is not only the Law put into grace terms for us to understand but it is direction to walk the narrow road. If we allow the Master to wash our feet as we walk on the narrow road we share in the “Sonship” we are adopted into through Christ.
There is so much more to cover with our Biblical “walking” but I am running outta space today. However…We are faced with a challenge and Matthew 5 sets that standard. WE may feel it is too high for us to reach but Paul endorsed it (thanks dudeJ)!! Our problem is that we can’t see the potential in us but if we take a look at Colossians 1:29, “For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me” I think we can toil right along with Paul because the secret to finding the strength to carry on forward is to be able to “sit” and find “rest”. Oh boy is this some conference or what? Has anyone seen Matt Henry? I thought we were doing lunch…or at least find a Sabretts or two? I like the onion sauce…oh well!! Until next time, then? – Chris Huhges is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “So, my brethren, don’t stand on your right. Don’t feel that because you have gone the second mile you have done what is just. The second mile is only typical of the third and the fourth. The principle is that of conformity to Christ.”—Watchman Nee
Verse to Memorize: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3