"Walking and Working"

Ellet J. Waggoner

The problem of living the Christian life is not one of working, but of walking. The devil endeavors—too often successfully—to deter people from entering the straight and narrow way, by picturing before them a great array of difficult works which he tells them they will have to perform in order to be Christians. But the Scripture says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). The works of the Christian life are not our works, but God’s. They are the works of the life of Christ. Our part is to “walk in them,” by faith. And there can be nothing more wonderful and delightful than to walk in the works of God. Of Enoch, who was translated, we read simply that he “walked with God.” God invites all men to walk with Him. He asks only their consent to go with Him; He will attend to the works. There will be no trouble about the works so long as man does not try to pose as the worker.
(The Present Truth 11, 167 (April 25, 1895), p. 257.)