How is a true Christian to live? Is there a specific path or are there different ways to do it? We don’t have to guess. God reveals in His Word the way a Christian must walk.
In 1 John we are instructed to follow the same path Jesus Christ did. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6).
There is only one way to walk as a Christian, and that is to follow Christ’s example. 1 Peter 2:21 shows that we should follow Christ’s steps. Christ always did those things which pleased His Father, putting His Father’s will above His own (Luke 22:42).
Christ lived a perfect, sinless life (1 Peter 2:22). But there are others who also walked with God. The Bible records that Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:22). Hebrews 11:5 shows that Enoch pleased God.
Hebrews 11 also lists others who faithfully followed God. How did those people walk with God?
In Leviticus 26, God showed ancient Israel two ways to walk. One would please God and lead to blessings. The other way would lead to curses.
“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them” (Leviticus 26:3). Then God goes on to list a series of blessings that would result from walking in God’s statutes and keeping His commandments. In verse 12, God said that He would walk among Israel if they would obey Him.
Further down in verse 14 God says, “But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments,” then He lists the curses that would result from disobedience.
In verse 21, God says that disobeying His laws would mean Israel was walking contrary to Him. Notice the results in verse 24: “Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.”
Clearly, walking with God means keeping His commandments. God instructs His people to not live like this world lives. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).
This is the same type of warning God gave in Leviticus 26:14-41. There are curses for walking contrary to God in disobedience. But there are great blessings for walking with God in obedience!
A true Christian is to walk with God by keeping His laws. Living this way sets a marvelous example for this world (Matthew 5:14-16).
It takes the Spirit of God to really obey God and walk with Him (Romans 8:9-10).
Notice how walking with God is summed up in our free Bible correspondence course: “A Christian has sincerely repented of his sins and is striving, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, to live by his Savior’s teachings. He is seeking to do God’s will in every aspect of his life as it is revealed in the Bible. And he is becoming a recipient of the happiness and blessings that come from being obedient to God!”
It is possible to walk with God and be blessed for it! If you would like more information on how to do this, sign up for our free Bible correspondence course.