Summary: A sermon preached to the staff of a Bible camp preparing for their summer ministry
(Walk back and forth)
We do it everyday… we do it while doing many other things like talking on our cell phone, reading a book, talking and laughing, looking at the stars, holding hands with someone, etc. I am doing it right now! What am I doing? (WALKING!)
Webster defines walk as: to proceed by steps at a pace slower than a run.”
Walking is simply taking one step, then another, then another…
In her biography of Marie Antoinette, Carolly Erickson tells about the queen’s attempts to disguise herself and attend parties, dances, and balls incognito, but her walk gave her away. “When she walked, she strode like a man. Her swift, purposeful gait was her trademark. It was said that she could never successfully disguise her identity at masked balls, for no matter how she dressed, she still walked like an Empress.”
As you prepare for this summer of ministry, of hanging out with people of all ages, from all over the country, be sure of this: YOU WILL ONLY BE AFFECTIVE AS YOUR OWN PERSONAL WALK WITH CHRIST IS!
4 Principles of Walking in Christ:
#1. Walk Appropriately - 4:1
Ephes. 4:1 “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,”
Alexander the Great, one of the greatest military generals who ever lived, conquered almost the entire known world with his vast army. One night during a campaign, he couldn’t sleep and left his tent to walk around the campgrounds.
As he was walking he came across a soldier asleep on guard duty - serious offense. The penalty for falling asleep on guard duty was, in some cases, instant death; the commanding officer sometimes poured kerosene on the sleeping soldier and lit it.
The soldier began to wake up as Alexander the Great approached him. Recognizing who was standing in front of him, the young man fear for his life.
“Do you know what the penalty is for falling asleep on guard duty?” Alexander the Great asked the soldier.
“Yes, sir,” the soldier responded in a quivering voice.
“Soldier, what’s your name?” demanded the general.
Alexander the Great repeated the question: “What is your name?”
“My name is Alexander, sir” the soldier repeated.
A third time and more loudly Alexander the Great asked, “What is your name?”
A third time the soldier meekly said, “My name is Alexander, sir.”
Alexander the Great then looked the young soldier straight in the eye. “Soldier,” he said with intensity, “either change your name or change your conduct.”
*We who carry the name of Christ and call ourselves Christians must live up to the name! Are you living worthy of the vocation that God has called you to?
Matthew Henry: “Nothing is pressed more earnestly in the Scriptures, than to walk as becomes those called to Christ’s kingdom and glory.”
The phrase "walk in a manner worthy" has the idea of living a life in such a way that it measures up to something. Think about a set of scales. If I have ten pounds on one side of the scale, I need ten pounds to put on the other side so it will balance. If I put 10.5 on the other side, it would be out of balance. If I put 11, it would be out of balance. I need ten on one side and I need ten on the other. The word "worthy" takes us even a second step. The word for "worthy" is the word axios. It refers to the intrinsic value of something.
There is a difference in the intrinsic worth of something and an appraisal of what that intrinsic value is. what is your value of your salvation? The value of your salvation is going to determine how you live. You see, if it has not affected your lifestyle, if it has not affected the way you talk to people and about people, if it has not affected the way you treat others, then friend, you have got a low appraisal value of something that is intrinsically worth far beyond what you have even realized yet. Therefore, your life is not measuring up to any standard that God requires. Walk in a manner worthy.
#2. Walk Devotedly - 5:1-2
Ephes. 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
I READ ABOUT A YOUNG MAN who was determined to win the affection of a lady who refused to even talk to him anymore. He decided that the way to her heart was through the mail, so he began writing her love letters. He wrote a love letter every day to this lady. Six, seven times a week she got a love letter from him. When she didn’t respond, he increased his output to three notes every twenty-four hours. In all, he wrote her more than seven hundred letters. And she wound up marrying the postman.