Editor’s note: October is Pastor Appreciation Month and this month’s devotion is a perfect fit! It comes from the men’s ministry theme Man of God: Renewed for Life. The 64-page devotion book in this theme takes a closer look at the lives of Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, and Paul. God gave these men extraordinary blessings of strength and courage when they needed it most. Could your pastor use an extra dose of Christian encouragement? Order him a copy today!

The way a man walks into a room can be very telling. A limp betrays a past injury. A strong gait conveys confidence. Hurried feet hint at time constraints. Sluggish steps suggest the person has nowhere to go and all day to get there. And those who meander, bumping into other people, are probably trying to text while walking.

The apostle Paul offers up another way in which a man can walk:

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 (Romans 6:4 ESV).

Jesus died and was raised again to life. In doing that, he crushed death’s power. Now, by faith in him, you can walk in newness of life.

Paul walked this way daily. Beating and stoning, whipping and scourging could not keep Paul from walking with God in newness of life. Shipwrecks and angry mobs, hunger and thirst could not force his footsteps from that path. The newness of life in which Paul walked was very telling: Paul walked in the power of the risen Jesus.

Man of God, the way you walk through life is very telling, too. Your wife and children carefully observe your steps. Co-workers and neighbors read your gait. Do you walk in pain? uncertainty? fear? guilt? Or do you walk in newness of life in Christ, confident and bold in his forgiveness and love?

In Christ, you are a new creation. Realizing your Savior’s commitment to you can put a spring in your step. God’s own Son died for you and rose again! That makes everything new. It gives you a fresh start, a new beginning every day—and every moment throughout the day, as you need it.

Life’s burdens cannot slow your pace. No matter what happens, you can walk in the newness of life God gives. You can soar in faith, run to serve, and walk in love.

They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you have remade me. Let my walk . . .

 

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