Friday, August 6, 2010
we lie and do not live by the truth.
1 John 1:67 (NIV)
Our Physical Walk:
Sometime between the ages of eight and 14 months, children begin an activity that most likely will be present in their lives as long as they live. We call it walking.
When people walk, most of them do it for exercise. Those who have undergone heart bypass surgery have to walk to keep fat and cholesterol from building up in their arteries.
In the Appalachian Mountains a trail goes the entire length of the chain-from Georgia to Maine. Each summer outdoors people walk that trail with the goal of traveling from one end of it to the other. The terrain-rugged and in some places steep discourages all but the hearty hikers. Not all who begin this trek complete it. My husband, our son, and I walked on it for about 20 feet.
In Days Gone By:
Children would play games outdoors on summer evenings. Run Sheep Run, Hide and Seek, Tappy on the Ice Box, Kick The Can, all had one thing in common. Those participating ran from home base to a hiding spot and then tried to get back to the place designated home before getting caught. We’d stay out ‘til we could barely see.
People in Africa, Venezuela, and other third world nations walk out of necessity. If they are able to own a car, they can’t afford the gasoline. In the 1970s, while we disliked paying $1.00 a gallon, the people of Zaire paid $7.00.
The Christian life has been compared to a walk. The Bible speaks of walking in darkness.
Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in a land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
1 John 1:6
When we talk of the Lord, our lives are to measure up to what we say. Our talk of loving mankind has to be seen in how we treat our neighbors. If we tell others to do something when they have a need, what we say should be translated into our deeds. James tells us if we know what to do and don’t do it, we sin.
Application: When we strive to be in the Lord’s will, our walk will measure up to our talk. Our lives would show consistency. The people in the world can spot inconsistencies in our lives. Children and teens also notice inconsistent behavior quickly.