Morning, November 9, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“So walk in him.” — Colossians 2:6

If we have received Christ himself in our innermost heart, our new life will demonstrate its intimate acquaintance with him by a walk of faith in him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our prayer room; we must effectively carry it out into practices that reflect our beliefs. If a man walks in Christ, he then acts as Christ would act; for with Christ being in him, with his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflection of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, “He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ.” Walking signifies progress. “So walk in him;” proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved. Walking implies continuation. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their hearts to the world all the rest of the day: but this is a poor life. We should always be with him, following in his steps and doing his will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man’s walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant tenor of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ, and then forget him; sometimes call him ours, and immediately lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in him. We must keep to him, cling to him, never let him go, but live and have our being in him. “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him;” persevere in the same way in which you have begun, and, just as at the beginning Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let him be the same until life’s end; let him be the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and enter into the joy and the rest which remain for the people of God. Oh, Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly principle.