But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
- Galatians 5.16
The path I walk, Christ walks it...A truly good journey! Well does the fair Lord show us a course, a path.
- Anonymous, "The path I walk" (Irish, 7th-8th century)
We all like to think that Jesus is with us throughout the day, walking with us in our daily path, to help, guide, and support us in all we do.
But how can we be certain this is so? Our anonymous Irish poet reminds us that "the fair Lord" has shown us "a course, a path." It is the path He walked, in the way He walked it. Unless we are walking that path, we are following some other course in life than what Jesus prescribes. And if that is the case, then we can have no assurance that He is with us to help us along our way.
Three features define the path Jesus walked. First, it is a path of faith, of looking to God the Father, learning His will, and submitting obediently to Him in every aspect of life (2 Cor. 5.7). Trust is the starting-point for our journey with the Lord, and we must continue to trust Him each step of the way.
We also walk in the Spirit, seeking the desires of the Spirit - His fruit, gifts, and power, and the building of Christ's Church - rather than the desires of the flesh (Gal. 5.16). As we cultivate the mind of the Spirit through faith in the Lord, He will enable us to travel with, rather than against, the wind of the Spirit as He blows along the path God has marked out for us.
Finally, we walk in the light, as Jesus walked in the light, according to the teaching of God's Law (1 Jn. 1.5-7; 2.1-6). The darkness of this world cannot stand against the rising and intensifying light of God (1 Jn. 2.8). We are the light of the world when we walk in the light, as He is in the light.
Walk by faith, walk in the Spirit, walk in the light of God's Law: These are the sure landmarks of a journey along the path God intends for us. If this is the path we follow each day, then we can be sure that "The path I walk, Christ walks it."
T. M. Moore, Principal