The great grandfather of Noah, he of the flood episode, was a man named Enoch. Unlike virtually everyone else in his generation, it was said of Enoch that he walked with God (Genesis 5:22). The only other person of whom this was ever said in the Bible was Noah himself.
It’s worth asking, What does it mean to Walk With God? Since both Enoch and Noah are singled out in the Bible as men worth imitating, it seems that it’s important for us to know something about walking with God.
Interestingly one of the words that the New Testament uses to describe the Christian life is this same word walk.
The way that the word is used in the New Testament gives us some idea of what the concept means.
Here are a few statements that will help clarify it.
As Christians we are to:
Walk in newness of life – Romans 6:4
Walk properly – Romans 13:13
Walk by faith – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Walk in the Spirit – Ephesians 5:16, 5:25
Walk in love – Galatians 5:2
Walk as children of light – Galatians 5:8
Walk worthy of the Lord – Colossians 1:10
Walk in wisdom – Colossians 4:5
Walk according to His commandments – 2 John 1:6
Walk in the truth – 3 John 1:3
In Contrast we are not to:
Walk according to the flesh – Romans 8:1
Walk as the rest of the Gentiles (unsaved) walk – Galatians 4:17
Walk disorderly – 2 Thessalonians 3:6
The word walk actually serves as a code word for how we are to live the Christian life. When people walk together through the years, their lives become interwoven in beautiful and complex ways. You can say that they live life together.
That is how we are to live life with God.
Substitute the word Live in each of the statements above – Live in newness of life; Live by faith; Live in love etc. and you will begin to understand what it means to Walk With God.
As Christians that is how our lives are to be characterized. We are not to be like Mike (Google it!), we are to be like Enoch.
Living the Christian life is more than most people, even Christians, appreciate. It’s about how often you live by faith, how much you live the way the Holy Spirit lives, how sincerely you live in love toward other people, how truthfully you live in a way that is worthy of God Himself etc.
Contrary to what many Christians think (or at least appear to believe based on the way they live life), there are some very specific parameters that define the Christian life. And unless you are living somewhere within those parameters, it’s difficult to see how you are walking with God.
The Christian life is about life with God; live lived well with God; life walked with God.
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