So the Lost Boys are off to play and John and Michael go with them. They all begin to sing, “We’re following the leader, the leader, the leader! We’re following the leader wherever he may go.” Do you remember that from Peter Pan? They do all of these crazy things in the woods until the Indian Chief captures them. Then they are tied up and stuck until Peter Pan comes and saves them.
If they had been paying attention to their walk, perhaps they wouldn’t have gotten into trouble.
The same thing is true of Christians. We have to watch how we are walking. We have to be willing to ask ourselves hard questions such as, Who am I following? Am I walking in a good direction? What do I need to do to correct my course?
We Christians are so blessed to have a God who loves us enough to give us His word and the answers to these questions!
If you and I want to know if we are walking correctly, all we have to do is read the book of Ephesians. That’s it!
Here’s what this little book says about a Christian’s walk…and when I say “Christian” I am talking about someone who claims to believe in Jesus Christ and lives for Him.
How a NonBeliever walks:
according to this world in disobedience (2:2);
living in the lusts of flesh; indulging in the desires of the flesh and mind (2:3);
as the Gentiles, in the futility of the mind, darkened in understanding, excluded from the life of God (4:17-18);
given over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness (4:19);
as unwise men (5:15)
How a Christian SHOULD be walking:
in good works created by God (2:10);
in a manner worthy of the calling (4:1);
in humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance in love, preserving unity (4:2-3);
in sacrificial love (5:2);
without immorality, impurity, greed, filthiness and silly talk, coarse jesting (5:4);
in THANKFULNESS (5:4);
as children of Light, in goodness, righteousness, and truth, pleasing the Lord and exposing the unfruitful deeds of darkness (5:8-11);
as a WISE man, making the most of your time, understanding the will of the Lord, being filled with the Holy Spirit (5:15-18)
Michael and John imitated the Lost Boys and fell into bondage. We are to “be imitators of God, as beloved children” (5:1) The Truth shall set us free!
I want to follow the One and Only Leader. The only way I can do that is to imitate Jesus. If I am going to wear the name “Christian” then I must make sure that I am worthy of the name. I must pursue godliness and flee sin as best I can. And when I fail, and I know I will, then I must fall before my Lord, in humility, and ask for forgiveness once again.