BIBLE BASED LIVING: rise up and walk

So often as Christians we preach a "don't do" message.

Jesus did give "do's" and "don't's" but it sure looks to me like often, he said "your sins are forgiven. Rise up and walk".

On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
   

(Luke 5:17-26 ESV)

So why aren't we teaching people how to walk?

We teach them to stop.
To set more boundaries.
To repent.

And all those are good.
Really good actually.

Jesus would tell them to rise up and walk because their sins were forgiven, and He would instruct them to sin no more.

I want to rise and walk.
I want to sin no more.

I want my feet to be led by the Gospel.

And I really wanna teach people as I go, how to walk faithfully in what God is calling them to, as opposed to just how to stop sinning.



So go!

Put the Gospel on your feet and walk it out wherever you go.