Basic walking rules

By RAY DON McINTOSH Murray St. Church of Christ
Several weeks ago, we had our annual Dan’s Death Hike and Hillbilly Olympics for our youth group (only in Texas, right?). Dan Jenkins, our fearless leader, laid out his rules for the hike before we got started. Rule No. 1: Always stay behind Dan and in front of Jason (his son, Jason Jenkins). Rule No. 2: If you hear something like air being let out of a tire—stop, look for the snake, and calmly walk away from it.

I mean no disrespect whatsoever to Dan, because I admire him so much and love him to death, but when he said what he said about a snake, I thought it was one of the funniest things I had ever heard in my life. If I hear a snake, the last thing I’m thinking about is stopping. And, I’m certainly not hanging around long enough to get a look at the thing. If I hear a snake and it sounds really close to me, I’m pulling a Scooby Doo and jumping about 10 feet in the air and “air running” on out of there.

At another point of the hike, Dan told us that if we saw a snake, tell him, Jason, or some of the other adult men who were there with us. One of the other guys there said something I very much agreed with. He told the kids around him that if they could run faster than him away from the snake, that they’d be alright.

Because I respect Dan so much and because I know that he definitely knows what he’s doing outdoors, I was ready to obey his rules of walking.

That gets me to thinking. What are God’s rules of walking? Rule No. 1: Walk in the light. 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Rule No. 2: Walk as Jesus walked. 1 John 2: 5-6 says, “5 But if anyone obeys His Word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.” This is how we know we are in Him: 6 “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”

And, rule No. 3: Walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8 says, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Notice the bolded words in this third rule. We must walk humbly. When we start thinking about how well we’re walking in the faith and start looking down on others because they’re not walking near a good as we are, we are not walking humbly.

And, we have to walk with God; not too far behind Him and certainly never in front of Him. We see back in 1 John 1:9 that “God is faithful and just.” When we follow His rules of walking, we’ll get along just fine.

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