As we enter a relationship with our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, we also begin a life-long walk with Him that does not end. “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” (Romans 6:5). The word “united” means “to become one with”. This teaching in Romans 6 gives us a dimension to salvation that affects the way we look at the whole of life.
We must never think that any part of our lives can be separate from this walk with the Lord. As the branch cannot exist apart from the vine, neither can we live effectively as Christians apart from a close walk with the Lord. Paul’s words in Colossians 2:6, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” means that “we are to conduct our life as in Christ”. Later in chapter 3, Paul refers to “Christ who is our life” (3:4).
All of us are challenged by this truth. When our eyes get off Christ, we become influenced by attitudes and things that do not help us in this close walk. A few weeks ago, my wife and I were walking along our road holding hands, concerned about some dogs that were running loose. Before we realized it, her foot slipped off the edge of the pavement and we both went down. So it is when we get distracted from walking with the Lord. The injury at the moment might be slight, but if we are not careful we can get accustomed to walking at a distance and the damage becomes harder to repair.
Tomorrow we will explore being “rooted…in Him” and how that affects our ability to bear fruit. For now, check out your walk with the Lord. How close are you to Him? Any distance is because you have moved away.
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