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Walking a Disciple’s Walk Week 1 Day 7: Sunday Selah 

Walking a Disciple’s Walk: Forsaking Convenient Lies to Follow the Lord 7 – Sunday Selah 

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” 

Romans 6:4-5

We have been thinking this week about how we are to live in light of Christ’s lordship over us. We know why we need to follow in His steps even when the road is hard and the cost is high. Yet, as we come this morning to worship the Lord with our brothers and sisters, let us make sure to also remember the incredible fact we celebrated last Sunday: He is risen! Let us remember that while discipleship requires that we daily die to ourselves, we are made alive through His glorious resurrection! Great challenge comes with a far greater joy.

Yes, we are commanded to walk in truth, to walk in a worthy manner, and to walk in wisdom, but all of that can only happen when we are walking in newness of life. Put in more theological terms, regeneration precedes sanctification. Since this is true, we must never allow ourselves to be convinced that it is our efforts to be a perfect follower that secure our favor with God or our eternal destiny. We are alive because of Him! We have received His new life entirely by grace, through faith. We received everything from Him while we were able to offer nothing to Him. Disciples of Jesus Christ can only die to our sin because He first died for our sin, taking it all on Himself on Calvary. 

What an incredible standard of love for us to seek to emulate! Let us rest today in the salvation He has freely given us, praising Him for His mercy and love. Then, as we live out that salvation in dependence on His Holy Spirit, let us walk in His footsteps as closely as we can. Let us remember as we follow—even and especially in the moments of pain and uncertainty—that everlasting life in His presence is the joy that awaits us at the end of the journey.

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