Are you walking with Christ? Do you obey all of the eleven commandments? Do you give to the poor? Do you attend church every Sunday? Well, maybe you do all of these things, but that doesn’t mean that you’re walking with Christ. To walk with Christ means to walk with God. To walk with God is to be completely righteous. The Bible says that Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) This passage also says “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations…“. So, then, in order to walk with God, we must be perfect. (Matt 5:48) God can accept nothing less. That’s why He sent His only Son to pay our sin debts. We are to confess, repent and ask for God’s forgiveness, to be sanctified.(2 Timothy 2:21)
Our actions can affect those around us with great amplitude and most times we don’t even realize it. Our children, for instance, will develop the same habits that we have just for being with us most of the time. Also, we often times notice changes in their behavior when they are associating with different children at school. The “do as I say and not as I do” theorem for parenting is simply, hypocrisy (although I was brought up with it and never questioned it).
Here’s another question: Do you ever change your behavior when you meet certain other people? Do you put on your best behavior when you meet the church minister, your doctor, maybe even your in-laws? Why? Why would we put on our best behavior for others around us (at the time) and not carry our very best foot forward for our Heavenly Father, who, by the way, is with us ALWAYS?
To begin a regimen of your best behavior, begin by reading the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5-7) Jesus instructs us how to live a godly life in these three short chapters, and does so simply and clearly. There is much, much more than just this scripture written in Proverbs, Psalms and numerous other passages in the Bible, but it’s a really good start to learning to walk with God. When others see you behaving in a godly manner it may affect them in a positive way. Hopefully, this is the kind of behavior that will spread world-wide.