Walking God’s Road

I like the name Christian. It’s a good name that refers to those who follow or belong to Jesus, who is the Christ. The name used in Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16. The biggest problem for us is that the name Christian has lost its edge; it almost feels static. Some individuals claim to be Christians who do not follow or belong to the Lord. Let’s recapture and teach what living as a disciple of Jesus means. Christians are no more stagnant than a marathon runner is during a marathon.

Let’s consider another name that describes Jesus’ disciples found in the New Testament. In Acts 9:2 and Acts 19:23 we are called followers of the Way. The word used for “way” in these passages is the normal term anyone of the day would have used to describe a road. This refers to us following Jesus who is the “Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6). This reality is reinforced by referring to ourselves as those who follow to the Way. The earliest disciples received this name most likely because their lifestyle clearly proclaimed that they were following Jesus who is the Way.

I’m not recommending we change our name. I am, however, recommending we change our focus, lifestyle even. 

Walk (peripateo) This word is also translated progress, conduct oneself, or live. You’ll find many of the passages simply refer to walking, and others refer to living progressively through life.

Matthew 4:18

Matthew 9:5

Matthew 11:5

Matthew 14:25

Matthew 14:26

Matthew 14:29

Matthew 15:31

Mark 2:9

Walk (stoicheo) This word is also translated as walk in step, walk in line, live, or direct one’s life

Acts 21:24

Romans 4:12

Galatians 5:25


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