WALK EVEN AS HE WALKED
By Charles H. Spurgeon
'So to walk even as He walked.'1 John 2:6
Why should Christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes.
If they desire to be in a healthy state of soulif they would escape the sickness
of sin, and enjoy the vigour of growing grace, let Jesus be their model.
For their own happiness' sake, if they would drink wine on the lees, well
refined; if they would enjoy holy and happy communion with Jesus; if they would
be lifted up above the cares and troubles of this world, let them walk even as He
walked. There is nothing which can so assist you to walk towards heaven with good
speed, as wearing the image of Jesus on your heart to rule all its motions.
It is when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you are enabled to walk with Jesus
in His very footsteps, that you are most happy, and most known to be the sons of God.
Peter afar off is both unsafe and uneasy.
Next, for religion's sake, strive to be like Jesus. Ah! poor religion, thou hast been
sorely shot at by cruel foes, but thou hast not been wounded one-half so dangerously
by thy foes as by thy friends. Who made those wounds in the fair hand of Godliness?
The professor who used the dagger of hypocrisy. The man who with pretences, enters
the fold, being nought but a wolf in sheep's clothing, worries the flock more than the
There is no weapon half so deadly as a Judas-kiss. Inconsistent professors injure
the gospel more than the sneering critic or the infidel.
But, especially for Christ's own sake, imitate His example. Christian, lovest thou
thy Saviour? Is His name precious to thee? Is His cause dear to thee? Wouldst thou see
the kingdoms of the world become His? Is it thy desire that He should be glorified? Art
thou longing that souls should be won to Him? If so, imitate Jesus; be an 'epistle of
Christ, known and read of all men.'
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.