Published April 8, 2014
"Your Walk Talks"
How's your walk?
No, this is not a commercial for some sort of cushioned insoles for your shoes. The real question is, rather, how is your walk with the Lord?
In Scripture, "walk" is often the term figuratively referring to a person's conduct or way or life. One of the highest compliments the Bible gives anyone is that they "walked with God." That's what was said about Enoch in Genesis 5:24. It so pleased God that, according to some Bible scholars, Enoch never tasted death he was raptured to heaven by God ("...God took him").
Paul says that Christians should "walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit" (Romans 8:4). John tells us we should "walk" in the light, which is Christ (1 John 1:7).
Why is such a "walk" important? Well, as Christians we certainly are to live in such a way that glorifies God. It's how we should live our lives honoring God in all that we do and in our relationships and interaction with others. How we do that is our "walk" as Christians.
But not only does it benefit us personally to live for Christ according to His precepts it is also extremely important regarding our witness to others. After all, that's why Christ leaves us here on earth after we accept Him to be a witness to others who haven't found Him yet. That's why we should must tell others about Christ. Yes, with words. (Romans 10:14.) But sometimes the first thing someone notices about us is not what we're saying, but, rather, how we're living.
One of the world's biggest objections to Christianity is that Christians "are all hypocrites" who don't live what they preach. "They all have a holier-than-thou attitude' and yet they live like everybody else lying, cheating, living selfishly, etc., etc., etc."
If our words about Christ are to have any credibility whatsoever, our lives, our actions, our "walk" must totally reflect what we're saying. Our walk must show that we truly believe what Christ taught. Your "walk" ... must "talk!"
That's the theme of a song written by Rodney Griffin and Babbie Mason called "Your Walk Talks," recently recorded by the Mark Trammell Quartet. Here's how the song* says it:
You know, your walk talks, and your talk talks
But your walk talks louder than your talk talks
Your behavior toward your neighbor
Is really how you feel about the Savior
When you exemplify and shine the Light of Christ
You know the number in the kingdom will be multiplied
Yes, your walk talks, and your talk talks,
But your walk talks louder than your talk talks.
How you live your life your "walk" speaks more loudly and clearly to others than anything you would say verbally (as important and indispensable as that is). Have you thought about that line in the song "Your behavior toward your neighbor is really how you feel about the Savior?" That can be convicting. If you profess to love Christ, you should do what He taught love your neighbor.
What did you do today to give your love away
To a lost and hurting soul?
Did you lend a hand to a fellow man
And help him on down the road?
When you illuminate it takes the dark away
So let your little light shine
When we follow through with what we say and do
The Father will be glorified.
I think sometimes the world is surprised when a Christian actually does live like Christ. It baffles them because it's not, unfortunately, what they've been conditioned by the world to expect. And that contrast between expectations and observed actions can actually get their attention in a very positive way.
About the message of that song, Mark Trammell told me, "...the Bible says we are a peculiar people' if we truly walk the walk and talk the talk. And we are. I think that's the greatest compliment to a child of God in the 21st century, for someone to say, you're just a little bit strange.' You're not supposed to love someone when they walk up and slap you in the face. You're not supposed to turn the other cheek."
Mark says there's only one way a Christian can actually do that: "We all know that we can't be what we need to be outside of the infiltration of the Holy Spirit into our lives [and] allowing Jesus to live through us. This song is a happy little way of reminding folks just how important our walk is and the fact that it does talk louder than what our lips say."
So.... Does your "walk" talk? It is saying something to those around you. And, when your walk does talk, what does it say?
*"Your Walk Talks," by Babbie Mason and Rodney Griffin, Praise And Worship Works ASCAP, Songs of Greater Vision BMI. Lyrics used by permission.
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