1 THESSALONIANS 2:12
“so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”
Have you ever had to march in a line? How about keeping step with someone else? That’s exactly what Paul is talking about here. Walking worthily means that. We have to live in such a way that our lifestyle matches the value God puts on it. And if you don’t know, God has placed a high value on our lives. It cost His Son’s life.
I have used a tool to help groups learn to walk together. It’s a pair of 12 foot 4X4 posts with 8 holes drilled in each. Through each hole is a 4 foot piece of rope. Each person in the group of 8 stands on the posts with one foot on each post and holding two ropes. The group must then attempt to walk those posts, like a couple of snow skis, to a goal. It may sound easy, but it’s not.
Walking together is hard. Walking as one is harder. The next time you take a walk with your child, make sure you are both taking your steps together. That will mean you have to shorten your strides to match their shorter legs. It may mean they need to slow down their pace to match yours. But if you concentrate you can do it.
The Lord wants us to walk in tandem with other believers and Him. He wants us to take the lead sometimes and other times to follow. But, however we walk, we should not walk alone. We need each other to complete the course, to finish well. Walk with others in a worthy manner.
How is your walk? I don’t know about you, but I need others to walk with me. I need to lean on them sometimes. I need them to correct my steps sometimes. I just need them.
Father, You order my steps. Use me to help guide others in their steps. Let us walk together with You toward the place You would have us go.