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Walking in the Truth: No Greater Joy

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Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

III John 2-4

The Apostle John uses the metaphor of walking to describe our relationship with “truth.” He could have chosen a number of alternate descriptors – standing, sitting, running or even believing – to make his point. Why “walking in the truth?” And further, why does this bring John the greatest amount of joy?

Perhaps he chose the word “walking” because it is so commonplace and natural. In fact, most of us walk without even thinking about it. It requires no special mental effort to simply walk. Perhaps this is a perfect choice of words for that very reason. There is nothing super-spiritual or lofty about it. It brings truth down into the everyday fabric of our normal lives.

Walking is a part of nearly everything we do. Whether it’s walking to the refrigerator or to and from work, we would be hard pressed to find a more a more inclusive word to describe much of the activity of our lives. Walking in truth should become a natural, all-inclusive, practically unconscious reality of our day to day existence as believers in Christ.

Walking in truth is not something that just happens. Infants and toddlers work very hard to progress from crawling to taking the first big step. Along the way come multiple bumps and bruises. The same is true as we develop our walk in the truth. While truth should be expressed naturally through our lives, we must determine to pursue truth. Like walking, we must pursue truth one step at a time. A parent’s joy comes in watching the walking. Imagine a child who has watched others walk, who believes in the reality of walking, and who can explain both how and why walking occurs, yet they never attempt to walk themselves! This would bring grief and concern to any parent. In similar fashion, we can know the truth and yet not walk in it. The truth is really in us only to the degree that we have learned to walk it out.

Reflection:

Are their areas where the profession of your faith and the expression of your faith are miles apart?

Are their things you acknowledge to be true but have difficulty living out?

Focus on bringing feet to your faith this week!

  1. February 25th, 2013 at 21:34 | #1

    Ron,
    You are right. There is no greater joy than walking in the truth…of Gods word. And without faith it is impossible to please God. But with faith in Jesus Christ all things are possible in Christ who call us and strengthens us. Gods word is so powerful and such a wonderful place to go as we grow up in the Lord. It’s the place we can go for rest, and encouragement and find peace as we work through our many challenges and questions that we face in life as we walk in faith. I’m reminded of a sign I have hanging in the entry of our home. It reminds me that I can’t do it. It reads, “God never give us what we can handle but helps us handle what we’ve be given”. So TRUE.
    Hah and apart from the word and the power of the Holy Spirit that works in us (even when we can’t even feel it) we simply can’t walk in the “truth”. And sometimes what someone else thinks is truth is really not truth at all. But Yeah! We have the word of God to help us as we all help and encourage each other, love one another and seek God as we obey is leading and grow up in Christ.
    And God is faithful. He is so loving and So faithful to help us in our weakness and we find His peace that comes as we walk in obedience trusting him. The big ingredient is Faith right? And walking in it is definitely going to take a life time. Is this truth?
    Love you.

  2. Kerry Drake
    February 26th, 2013 at 05:58 | #2

    Nice and simple.

  3. Ron Johnson
    February 28th, 2013 at 21:22 | #3

    Great word, Amy! Love and miss you guys!@Amy

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