Properly: “In accordance with what is appropriate or suitable for the circumstances.”
You can tell a lot about a person through the way they walk. That young man hurrying past is always in a rush, his very manner is rushed. That young woman doesn’t often have to walk long distances, her steps are unhurried, shoes impractical. That mom has had a long week; it shows in her tired gait. That old man is in pain, his steps are careful, his whole body wincing with each forward movement. The behaviour of their feet tells you something about their lives.
In the same way, you can tell a lot about someone’s spiritual walk just by observing their behaviour. Before I go any further, I would just like to point out that by this statement I am not telling you to go and judge someone else’s walk with God. Please don’t try and act as a judge, because that isn’t our job. The motivation behind this statement is to cause you to look at your own walk.
When someone accepts God into his or her heart, an amazing change takes place. Their whole life changes. Priorities, behaviours, interests; they all change, because your heart has changed. When the heart changes, a person changes drastically.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
If your treasure is in Heaven, so is your heart. When your heart is in Heaven, your behaviour is adjusted accordingly. Christians are set apart; our heart should be focused on eternity. We are saved, our purpose clear. We are different and should be behaving differently. Why?
“So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:12
The walk of a Christian is different to that of the rest of the world. It should be clear to outsiders that there is something different. Our walk is a living testimony. We are set apart, holy, and our lives should reflect that.
“Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.” – Romans 13:13
So how do we walk properly?
Well the short answer is by walking in love and living our lives the way that the Bible clearly set out for us. (There has been an awesome blog post on the subject earlier. Go and check it out!). The thing is, we don’t just automatically start walking in love, both for our God and our fellow man. There are several things, heart related things, that need to change before we can start walking properly.
First of all, we need to see ourselves as we are, broken sinners. People in desperate need of a Saviour. (Get perspective).
Secondly, we look towards that Saviour and realise that we deserve nothing that He has done for us and we cannot earn His forgiveness or the gift He has freely given. (Become humble and grateful).
Thirdly, ask our amazing God to change our hearts and point out where we are slipping up. (Pray and evaluate ourselves constantly).
Fourthly, study the word of God. I know you hear this constantly, but it is important. How are we supposed to be living our lives in a Godly way if we aren’t familiar with the teachings of God’s word? (Read your Bible).
I haven’t given you a lot to go on here, but I am going to encourage you to look at the other blog posts from this month. And if you are asking the question “How do I walk properly?”, the answer is: by walking in the light, walking in love, walking in faith, prayer, newness of life; go and look at them, even if it is just (at first) to see if I named all of them. Read them and hear the messages that my fellow blogger and guest writers are trying to convey.
So be different, behave like someone set apart. Leave people with no doubt that you are aiming for a different goal. Make them wonder why. Walk properly on this narrow road, every step that you take takes you closer to your final destination.