The Christian is on a journey. This journey has an ultimate destination that is glorious and will provide a state of eternal bliss and reward. This is all possible because of God’s grace putting them onto this pathway by means of faith in Jesus Christ (cf. ). In-order to reach that final destination, a journey must occur. The duration of this journey will not be the same for all, but the call to walk and the expectations of conduct are the same for all of God’s people. On this journey, the believer will have times of sorrow and times of rejoicing (cf. ). It is not an easy path to walk (cf. ), and there will even be times when enemies will do all they can to stop and thwart the journey.
John Bunyan brilliantly likens this journey to a pilgrim’s progress. The main character in his allegory (Christian) enters into a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. It is with great excitement that he embarks on this journey, and yet discovers the difficulties that are before him. Along the way He receives those necessary resources for help.
If you are a believer you are on this journey. Your final destination is Heaven where you will be with the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity. But this journey will not be easy and it is essential that you are preparing yourself to walk it in such a way that your conduct is honouring to the Lord.
The Christian is called to walk. The term walk occurs on many occasions in Scripture. In fact, on forty-seven of its forty-nine occurrences in the New Testament, it is used figuratively referring to one’s conduct or behaviour. The believer is placed on a journey and it required by His Master to conduct his life in a particular way. Your walk is with the view of going to that place where you will spend eternity. For this reason, everything you do here must conform to where you are going. We are to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” () as we await the day when we will be with Christ (cf. ).
What is your destination? If you are a believer it is heaven. So walk in such a way that your life is a testimony to this reality.
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8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,