It’s roughly fifteen miles from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee. It’s over ten miles from Jerusalem to Jericho. It’s roughly ninety miles from Jerusalem to Capernaum. In other words, Israel is a small country. But what if you had to walk everywhere? Jesus and the disciples didn’t get to Jerusalem more than about once year, but how often would you go if you had to walk eighty or more miles?
Walking was a normal part of life in Jesus’s day. Everybody walked. They walked to worship. They walked to the market. They walked to the homes of friends. Traveling involved walking. No wonder that walking became a metaphor for daily living, it was daily living.
So we are taught that the Christian life is a walk, a journey of small increments, progress from one place to another with time in between. While walking we have time for reflection, for relationship, even for worship. Those who walk know that walking has to be part of the plan for the day.
I have to admit that I don’t particularly like to walk. It takes too much time. I would rather drive from place to place. Driving doesn’t count. There isn’t really time for thinking when we drive, at least just around town. But that’s the problem, isn’t it? Walking makes us take life a little differently. It forces us to acknowledge that life doesn’t have to be rushed. In fact, we may even lose a little of the anger and the defensiveness that driving creates in us.
Over the next couple of weeks I want to go through some teaching on the Christian walk. The Scriptures use walking as a way of speaking of our daily lives and the Lord tells us how we ought to walk. I confess that this is another attempt to show that the Christian life under grace is anything but passive. We are learning to walk.
So, I hope you will tag along as I learn some things about walking with the Lord.