The word walk is used throughout the bible as a kind of metaphor for how a person lives: ‘And now, Israel, what does the Lord ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him [and] to love him.’
The way we walk refers to the way we go about our lives. In verse 7 Paul is telling the Colossians that before they became united with Jesus in his death and resurrection, they walked a certain way, one that was characterised by sin.
The way God calls us to walk has to do with light and truth and love. Have you ever tried to walk in the dark? It is slow and scary. Jesus said those who follow him will never walk in darkness because he is the light of the world (John 8:12).
When we learn to see the world by the light of Christ, the whole world looks different, luminous. Thanks to Jesus I know who I am (Jim in who Christ dwells) and where I live (in the strong and unshakeable kingdom of God).
We walk in the light and we know the truth. The primary truth we learn in this walk is that we are loved. ‘This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us.’ And because we are loved, so we love: ‘Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’
Walking with Jesus helps us know that we are not alone, that we are sacred beings of immense worth regardless of what we do, and that great joy awaits us. We walk with Jesus and therefore we walk in the light, because he is the light. We walk with Jesus and therefore we walk in the truth, because he is the truth. We walk with Jesus and therefore we walk in love, because he is love.
The light, truth and love of Jesus are gifts given to me. I do not deserve them. I did not create them. I cannot lose them. I can only walk in them, and when I do, the whole world will know I am his apprentice.
Gracious Abba, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, who is the light of the world, the truth and the love that I need. Help me to know and appreciate this gift, and help me to walk in it all the days of my life. Amen.
When people see you walk – your way of living – what might they conclude about you and who you follow?