It is often said, “You can talk the walk but can you walk the talk?” This a modern idiom that challenges persons to stand behind their words. Rather than merely talking about what should or could be done, one should back those words by putting them into action.
Though the Bible doesn’t exactly use the words “walk the talk,” it does talk about the walk of those who seek the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). In order to seek, one needs to walk not just talk about being a Christian. You can talk all you want, but when you walk the Christian life, you are seeking the kind of life that brings the benefits that come with our daily walk with the Lord.
It’s a lot like staying in good physical shape. You cannot get the exercise you need to maintain good health by just talking about it. No, you have to get up, stretch those muscles, get that heart pumping a little, open up that circulation and start that blood flowing, expand those lungs, build up a little sweat, and put some effort into it. Many persons find that walking is an excellent way to accomplish better health. And it is highly recommended by health experts.
The Bible highly recommends that in a spiritual sense, walking will keep you in better health, too. And this kind of walk is just as important than physical walking because it affects body, mind, and spirit.
Give this some consideration as you look at the following list of Bible passages that use the word “walk.” When you read each walk, ask yourself how walking the talk will benefit you and others as you seek the Kingdom of God. (Passages quoted from King James Version.)
- Walk in Love: Ephesians 5:2, “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.” Walking in love means sacrificial giving.
- Walk by Faith: 2 Corinthians 5:6-7, “6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” Walking by faith requires courage for believers to see beyond this life toward their “home” in the Kingdom Age when believers will receive everlasting life and be “with the Lord.”
- Walk in the Spirit: Romans 8:4, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit means living according to the higher principles of God’s teaching, not the sinful desires of our human nature (i.e., “the flesh”). (see also Ephesians 2:2)
- Walk in Wisdom: Colossians 4:5, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, to make the most of our time and to win them over to Christ.
- Walk in Newness of Life: Romans 6:4, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Walking in the new life includes being baptized by immersion in Christ and being forgiven of our sins.
- Walk in Truth: 3 John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” When we walk in the truth of Christ, including having a Christ-like character, then there will be joy.
- Walk in a Worthy Manner: Colossians 1:10, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” To walk in a worthy manner is to be consistent in Christian living which will produce good results and growth.
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