“What does the LORD require of you? …to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Spiritual aerobics suggests the importance of exercise in the Christian’s life. The next five devotions will apply physical activities associated with exercise to the spiritual disciplines of the life in Christ. We start with walking. Most fitness manuals recognize the value of regular, brisk walking for good health. I personally derive great pleasure from lengthy walks during the various seasons of the year, combining wholesome exercise with an enjoyment of God’s creation.
Scripture uses the walking imagery to describe the believer’s relationship to God. Micah, for example, condemns superficial sacrifices of burnt offerings, hiding wickedness and the exploitation of people. Instead, he tells us “to walk humbly with … God.” John communicates the same truth when he contrasts walking in darkness with walking in the light: “If we … walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:6-7).
Jesus walked the road that led to Calvary because we had stumbled in sin and could go no farther. He completed His walk by dying for our sins and rising again from the dead. Made His children through faith, we now receive His power to walk humbly with our God in service to others. Proverbs tells us, “I … lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered” (Proverbs 4:11-12).
PRAYER: Dear Lord God, help me to continue to walk with You in the light so that I may serve You by serving others. Amen.
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