Walk in Him
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him…
Paul tells Christians about the benefits available by virtue of being united to Christ in order to ‘walk in him’ faithfully and wisely – especially in the face of false teaching. Paul calls on them to understand all the resources they have in Christ so as to utilize those resources to fight the good fight of faith.
Just as we have received Christ by faith and grace so we must ‘walk in Him’ by faith and grace. We must continue to move forward and not be burdened by the cares of this life.
The gospel is for sanctification, not only justification; for growth, not only conversion. We do what Jesus instructs in the confidence that He knows and will accomplish what is best for our lives, and we are motivated and enabled to do this as He instructs us by His grace.
Paul calls on believers who are walking in Him or united with Him to utilize these promises and benefits and to not be led astray by any teaching that is contrary to the gospel that he (Paul) taught them (the Colossians).
You and I can walk in Him and enjoy the gospel benefits daily and continue to put sin to death in our lives. I have walked in my own strength for years and saw no fruit in my life as a result. I still battle the temptation at times today to walk in my own power and strength. But as I bring the gospel to bear on my life, I realize the futility of walk in my strength and humble myself to allow the Holy Spirit to empower me to ‘walk in Him’ and enjoy the life I have in Christ.
My prayer is that God will grant me the grace to ‘walk in Him.’ How about you?