Saturday, November 13, 2004

All Rights Reserved I was reminded the other day that I hadn’t made a post in quite a while… and so I haven’t. Life has been so busy- same old story. On walking worthy. I’ve been studying the first chapter of the book of Colossians lately- something I read this morning struck me. In Colossians 1:10 it says
"That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God"
It seems to me that this is the true reason for desiring the knowledge of the will of God, to "walk worthy" so as to please the Lord, being fruitful in every good work, becoming ever more familiar with who God is. To "walk" is, according to Strong’s (peripateo) to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) to go, be occupied with. This is the same word used many places to denote both physical action as well as ideological direction (John 11:9, John 11:54, Romans 6:4, Romans 8:1, I Cor 7:17, etc). The word translated "worthy" here refers to that which is appropriate, as becometh saints, etc. In other words, to walk worthy is to fashion one's life to be obedient to the will of God, and this is borne out in the second half of the verse: unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work. Here in school there is a constant thrust towards getting us to behave like professionals, we take courses in professional ethics, professors are constantly reminding us of the need to uphold the ideals of our profession… essentially admonishing us to “walk worthy” of our vocation. It seems to me that it would behoove Christians to adopt the same attitude: caring what we look like to the world, being consistent, watching how we talk, with whom we talk, the things we allow ourselves be associated with… the things we are willing to have Christianity associated with. We are Christ’s hands and mouth in the world… how easy it is to forget that. Christians should feel burdened not to perform, but to be obedient. If a man is thought of as godly, it is not as much a measure of his skill or ability as much as it is an indication of his level of obedience to the will of God that has been made evident. Christians do great things because they serve a great God. I thing Paul said it best in the last verse of the first chapter of Colossians:
"Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily."
If we are overwhelmed, let us look again at what we are laboring towards… doing great things, or doing the will of God. If we wish to be effective in our world, to experience peace amidst the storms of life, to maintain joy despite all disappointment, let us do the will of God, He is worthy of a walk of complete obedience. In other news… There always seems to be something going on- we’ve almost finished renovating our house. Heather did the majority of the work in our bedroom, filling in all the cracks in the walls with drywall joint compound, sanding, painting, etc. I ended up replacing the floor after I went through a rotten spot (a rather disconcerting experience I assure you). We even installed a new window- quite the home owners we are… lol. Now just the bathroom is left…

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