Since the days of the patriarchs, it has been possible to walk with God. Of Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam (Jude 14), it was said, “And Enoch walked with God’ (Genesis 5:24).
The latter half of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians is focused on the specific lifestyle necessary to properly travel the narrow and difficult way which leads to life. Five times in this section he employs the word “walk” to identify the habit of daily conduct which befits one who has been sanctified to God.
- Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called (Ephesians 4:1).
- Walk no longer as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind (Ephesians 4:17), according to the course of this world (Ephesians 2:2).
- Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us (Ephesians 5:2).
- Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8).
- Walk circumspectly (i.e., with careful and precise accuracy), not as fools but as wise (Ephesians 5:15).
Living for God is focused, purposeful, loving, distinctive, enlightening, obedient, and wise. And, as Enoch demonstrated, walking with God is richly rewarded when our earthly pilgrimage is over.