17 July 2013

Walking In Jesus 

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
Colossians 2:6 (
NKJV) 

What can a ‘Hamster Ball’ teach us about being a Christian?  What is a Hamster Ball you may ask? 

After reminding the Colossians in chapter 1 of the supremacy of Christ and of what He had done for them and all humanity, Paul says “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him”. Paul uses the metaphor of walking to describe how we are to live our lives, he says, ‘walk in him’. The NIV interprets this metaphor as “continue to live your lives in him.” The original Greek word is ‘walking around.’ So a literal translation would be “continue walking around in him.” So, as you walk to your car, as you walk to school, as you walk to work, as you walk to the supermarket, he is saying “Do what you do every single day in him”—walk in Christ. 

If we do this then Christ is the sphere in which we live, he is the sphere of our existence. Which is why a hamster ball comes to mind. If you want to see one just go on to Youtube. A hamster ball is a transparent plastic ball in which you can put a hamster. The hamster instead of turning a wheel, turns the ball and can then run around without getting hurt. It can’t damage anything, can’t escape under furniture, can’t eat your wiring, but can still run around. A silly example perhaps, but I think it illustrates some of what Paul is talking about. 

Just let your imagination run and consider that once you profess faith in Christ, once you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord you start walking around in a clear plastic sphere that is in some way the person of Christ himself. It means wherever you go, whatever you look at, whatever you encounter, is seen through this clear plastic that surrounds you. It means wherever you go you are surrounded by Christ. It means you take him everywhere with you. When you go to church, when you go to school, when you go to the supermarket, when you go to work, when you go to bed, Jesus is right there. The person of Christ is with you, surrounding you wherever you go. 

It also means when you bump into someone else or something else, they are bumping into the person of Christ. In some way, they have encountered the Lord of the Universe by bumping into you. It means we can’t interact with anyone without them also interacting with Christ on some level. This must be part of what Paul means when he says that we are to “walk in Christ.” 

If Christ is Lord and we are supposed to walk in him, then he is our everything. He defines our reality. He surrounds us. He connects us to each other. And others see him when they encounter us. As you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, walk in him. 

Prayer
Lord, in our Christian walk, as we ‘walk in Christ’ may others experience you through their contact with us.
Amen

Study by Ray Walker

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 raywalkerAbout the Author:
Ray Walker is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting time:
Saturday  2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Email: malcolm.john.arnold@ntlworld.com

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