Ephesians 4:17

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

Golf carts did not become a common way to transverse the course until the 1950’s. A 1930 Popular Mechanic article was written about their usage by a certain “crippled” player enabling him to play the game. Today, strange looks will follow the golfer who prefers to walk the course. We feel we need to get to our ball’s location as quickly as possible. Plus, we need something to store a beverage cooler, a place where we can charge our phone, and a moveable shed in the event of rain. Those who walk on a frequent basis have a great testimony as to what “riders” are missing. The sounds and scenes of the wildlife, the appreciation of a lush fairway, and the need to hear the occasional “fore” to be alerted of a stray ball headed in our direction are all missing when we are confined to a cart. The walker, however, is able to appreciate the full experience and spirit of the game.

Such is the same experience for the believer who desires a walk in close communion with God. Paul in Ephesians 4:17 reflects the difference in perception when one walks with God. He or she is not focused on the things of the world and avoid a “blindness” mentioned in verse 16. This “blindness” in today’s society is an emphasis on physical and monetary advancement. Consider how proud we are of our own driving skills when we arrive at a destination three minutes before Google maps predicted our ETA. We risked life and limb going above a speed limit and went through numerous “extended” yellow lights to gain three whole minutes. This focus is how many attempt to live a spiritual life. We tend to focus more on the destination than the journey.

Further in Romans 6:4, we are reminded that, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” When we receive the Holy Spirit following our salvation, we have a different viewpoint during our journey. What benefit comes from this close walk with God? In Galatians 6:16, Paul wrote that, “And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.” The relationship and walk with Christ is rewarded with peace and mercy. The strivings of the world, however, give us a never ending desire for fruitless gain.

When we walk with God, we are never “put on the clock.” The great benefits were also reflected in Micah 6:8 where it was written, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” I pray we desire a closer walk with God each day. Our soul can only be fully satisfied when we appreciate God’s grace, mercy and goodness.

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