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Several tech companies today have caught on to the simple truth that people walk. Fitbit watches track steps, encouraging people to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Garmin and Apple watches encourage a commitment to ongoing exercise and/or a certain amount of moving every day. But the simple truth remains – people walk.
But oftentimes, the Scriptures use the term walking as a metaphor for living. As an example, in Ephesians 5:1-21 (ESV) we read about walking in love, walking in light, and walking in wisdom.
What does it mean to walk (live) in love? The NLT Life Application Study Bible reflects on the sacrifice of Christ. It says, “Our love for others should be [as the love of Christ]—a love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service.”
In our culture, we rarely see a good example of what it looks like to live with self-sacrificing service for others. Political parties, the media, and even social media are filled with statements of power, self-centeredness, and self-gratification. But to walk in love is to live self-sacrificially.
READING & PRAYERS:
EPHESIANS 5:1-21, GALATIANS 2:20 (also read the commentary notes in your study bible of choice)
Think about it: How regularly do you hear statements about power, self-centeredness, or self-gratification?
What steps can you take today to be an example of what it looks like to live self-sacrificially? Be specific.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I recognize that my life is completely surrounded by voices of self-centeredness and self-gratification. Continue to help me grow into a person of self-sacrifice, living a life of love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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