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If we are going to think with Christ­centered minds, it must become a way of life every day. We cannot be sacred on Sunday and secular on Monday. We are sacred all day every day, because we are all ministers under God no matter what our particular professions happen to be.

One of the great passages on what it means to think with a new mind and translate that into everyday life is Ephesians 4:17-24. The apostle Paul begins by saying: “This I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind” (v. 17). Notice how Paul links the mind with a person’s walk, which is a key word in this text. It’s like learning to walk on spiritual feet.

In the Bible, of course, the word walk is used for one’s course of living, his lifestyle, his orientation in living. The imagery of walking is used because of the way a person’s course is set.

When you walk, you put one foot in front of the other in order to make progress toward a particular destination or goal. Walking is the methodology whereby you move from point A to point B, and it’s a process. You don’t get where you’re going in one giant step, but you walk step by step toward your goal.

Therefore, walking was used in Paul’s theology to explain the step-by­step process of moving from where you are to where you ought to be going. The Christian life is not an airplane ride, it’s a walk. You don’t “jet” to spiritual maturity. You walk to maturity, one step at a time.

Believers at Christian gatherings often ask each other, “How is your walk?” By this they do not mean, “Do you cover 12 inches or 24 inches between steps?”

They are asking, “What’s your lifestyle like? Are you living commensurate with your calling in Jesus Christ? ls the direction of your life moving in line with who you are?”

So how does God want His people to walk? Paul answers that back in Ephesians 4:1, “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”

In other words, walk in accordance with who you are. You’ve got a great calling. Make sure you walk a great walk. Don’t walk like a pauper if you are living in the king’s palace!

Check out more from Dr. Tony Evans @Tonyevans.org

About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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