1 John 2:6
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
When politicians align themselves with a political party, they are expected to follow certain principles of the party and are often criticized when they go against them. In these kinds of situations, we expect people to act a certain way. How much more, then, should we who call ourselves Christians follow the teachings of Christ? Unless we are Christian in name only, our lives should bear out characteristics similar to those of Christ. Yes, we will fail and fall short because we are not perfect like Jesus was, but we should make much effort to walk as Jesus walked.
Jesus walked in humble submission and obedience to God. His main priority was pleasing His Father, and He cultivated a close relationship with Him. He surrendered His own will to the Father’s will. He obeyed without question. He talked often with God, seeking His guidance and direction. As a result, He grew in grace and wisdom. We can follow this same path in our own lives. We can live surrendered to God and seek His will for our lives and experience spiritual growth as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Jesus walked among other people. He was often ministering to those around Him and meeting people’s needs. We find Him in the pages of Scripture healing the sick, feeding the hungry, helping the helpless, and loving the castoffs of society. We can follow Jesus’ example by having a heart of compassion and concern for those around us. We can seek to meet the spiritual and physical needs of whoever we may come across. We can seek opportunities to minister and be selfless with our resources.
But Jesus also walked closely with a certain group of people who were His disciples. He sought to teach them about God and show them how to trust God, how to serve God, how to relate to God and see things from an eternal perspective. In our lives, we will come across people we can influence for God, whether it’s as parents to our children, other family, friends, co-workers, or strangers. We can seek to be living examples and help others in their walks with God.
Jesus walked a difficult path. Though He was sinless and walking closely with God, that did not change God’s will for His life. He would have to endure the crucifixion, the scourging, the humiliating death on the cross. But He walked His path with grace and strength. We, too, will face difficult circumstances in our lives. And whatever is in God’s will for us to endure, we can bear it with His grace and strength, knowing He is with us and He knows what is best for us. So as we call ourselves Christians, let’s strive to walk as Jesus Christ walked.