A powerful motivational preacher was addressing a congregation. This was a church notoriously frugal. It was packed with penny pinchers and tightwads. They weren’t going anywhere, and he was doing his best to get them motivated. He looked around the crowd and exclaimed, “The church is like the lame man Jesus healed. It’s got to get up and walk!”
The congregation agreed, shouting, “That’s right! Let it walk!”
The preacher pulled out his handkerchief, mopped his brow, and shouted, “This church, like Elijah on Mt. Carmel, has got to run!”
The people were with him and shouted in unison, “That’s right! Let it run, preacher!”
Spurred by their enthusiasm, he lifted both hands high overhead and cried, “This church has got to mount up on eagle’s wings and FLY!”
Amens were mixed with chants of “Let it fly! Let it fly!” But when the preacher exclaimed, “If it flies, it takes money!” the congregation settled down and mumbled, “Let it walk!”
As the Apostle Paul turns from talking about doctrine to dealing with the matter of duty in his letter to the Ephesians, he begins by encouraging us to walk in a worthy manner:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3)
Why does he tell us to “walk” instead of standing firm, marching, running, or even flying? There is nothing exceptional about walking. It’s a day-to-day activity, and perhaps that’s his point.
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