Two of our children have special needs which makes walking more challenging for them than for most people. Therefore, as a family we have learned to walk slower, watching out for uneven ground and steps up or down, reminding these two to watch how and where they are walking so no one falls. Sometimes when I am out running errands without either of these two present, I still find myself walking unusually slow, out of habit.
I also find myself doing this in my walk with the Lord. I know that I am a new creation, living under grace, with no condemnation now. Still I often realize I am “walking” through life as if I am still entangled by sin and burdened by my past, stuck in old habits. Like the times when my unsteady walkers are not with me, I still walk as if enslaved to sin rather than forgiven and free. Fortunately, by grace, God continues to sanctify me and cause me to realize the freedom I have now to walk joyfully leaving the “old man” far behind. Like a slave who has been freed, God needs to keep showing me how to live free.
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, Colossians 2: 6-10a
Lord, help me to walk in your way and be overflowing with gratitude for all you do/have done in my life, from justification to sanctification to eventually glorification. Help me to understand more every day what this means and how to live it out for your glory. Amen