Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
To walk in love is to walk as Jesus walked, with an evident display of love for all those around, even those who wouldn’t accept it. To walk as Jesus walked is to show compassion and kindness to those in need, to give generously and graciously and fully. To walk as Jesus walked is to sometimes take the long way, reach into the out-of-the-way places, and touch every downcast heart with perfect love. To walk as Jesus walked is to make time for those whom no one else did, to encourage those who follow, and to never turn anyone away. To walk as Jesus walked is to tolerate opposition without compromising holiness or sinking to their level. And to walk as Jesus walked meant He gave Himself, out of love, in the ultimate sacrifice.
Our lives are living sacrifices to God, and so we should offer them willingly upon His altar. Everything we do should be pleasing to Him. Every way we serve should glorify Him. Every pursuit of our heart should have love for Him and others at its core. For us to walk in love, we need to imitate our Savior and become like Him in the deepest parts of our souls. We need to separate ourselves from old attitudes that sought selfishly or at the expense of others. We need to make living holy lives a central pursuit and place God’s Word as the foundation of them.
If we try to follow anyone but Jesus, it will be impossible to live a life that pleases God. And if we want our lives to count for Him, then we must submit to Him. We must accept that His ways are best and follow them without compromise. We must determine in our hearts to trust His leading no matter what worldly wisdom contradicts that. And our sole motivation at the root of it all must be love—love for God and His people, love for His work and His church, love for His ways and His Word.
It seems like such a simple thing to do something out of love, but we see it in the life of Christ over and over again. It is what spurred Him forward in His ministry every day. It is what caused Him to travel so far. It is what led Him to so many broken people. It is what pushed Him to Calvary, to the cross, to death and hell and ultimately to His rightful place in heaven. Let us, then, continue forward, spurred on by love, to go and do and tell and be all that God wants us to be.