As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)
We are not only to walk with Christ, but St Paul tells us to walk “in Him.” Being in Christ means to move, to be rooted or grounded in Him as well as to be built up in Him. In the above quote Paul is using mixed metaphors telling us to walk in Him, be rooted in Him and built up in Him, which reminds me of the prayer known as The Breastplate of St Patrick of Ireland which also gives us an idea about how we might be in Christ. The Christian author and apologist Lactantius (d. ca 325AD) gives us some ideas for how to ‘walk in Christ’:
The first step of righteousness is to refrain from evil deeds; the second, from evil words; and the third, from consideration or thinking of evil things. He who has ascended the first step is righteous in a sufficient or moderate degree; he who makes the second is already of perfect virtue, since he fails in neither deeds nor words; but he who reaches the third seems, in truth, to have attained likeness to God.” (quoted in A Patristic Treasury: Early Church Wisdom for Today, Kindle Loc. 2346-49)
Teach me your way, O LORD,
that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
For You have delivered my soul from death,
and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
To walk in Christ is to walk wherever Christ goes rather than to go wherever I want to go. It is to turn my life into Christ’s life – not just following Him from a safe distance but in Him experiencing His life for the salvation of the world.