“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1-2, ESV).
When I think of taking a walk, I typically think in terms of a nice afternoon stroll with my wife. Unless she’s in a real hurry, it’s usually a pleasant experience. Usually.
This is not the kind of stroll the apostle Paul is talking about.
As opposed to an afternoon stroll where there is freedom and beauty, the walk Paul is referring to is one that is dead. Not deadly. Dead. Lifeless.
When we lived according to the principles of this world, we were walking in step with their values. Left foot, right foot, step after step was an exercise in slavery and condemnation. The weight of sin entangled our efforts to find peace, purpose, and happiness. We were dead men walking.
But there is another type of walk you can choose to take.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
The path of darkness is the path of death and destruction. The path of light leads to fellowship, forgiveness … which leads to life.