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To walk in Christ

This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commands. The one who says, “I have come to know him,” and yet doesn’t keep his commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, truly in him the love of God is made complete. This is how we know we are in him: The one who says he remains in him should walk just as he walked. 1 John 2:3-6

From the text, Christians are admonished to walk as Christ walked. This is difficult and very intimidating to do for Christ lived a sinless life. He demonstrated in all His life an attitude of service and self-sacrifice. So, to take heed of the command to walk as Christ seemed to be impossible. Yet, despite of the fact that doing so is next to impossibility, this should be the goal of every believer. “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Once we become a Christian, Christlikeness becomes the goal. God knew that this goal will be impossible for those who were once living a life of rebellion and selfishness. This is why God did not leave His children to fend for themselves instead He provided them the Holy Spirit. The goal of Christlikeness could only be attained when we learn how to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). It is through the empowering of the Holy Spirit that makes it possible for us to walk worthy of God. He is the one who called us to belong to His Kingdom and to experience the glory that He prepares for those that trusted Him. “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Romans 8:9). When we pursue the life God wants us to live by, we will start to walk by faith. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Since Christ brought us out from darkness into the light, we now should walk as children of the light. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Walking as Christ walked will provide us the victory He wants us to experience in our Christian life. This victory is already a reward by itself yet there is more that God will provide to those who will overcome. “They will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments” (Revelation 3:4-5).


Noel De Guzman

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