“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” – Genesis 17:1
Many people choose to have their own perception of what it means to "walk perfect before God." But in comparison to the standards God has outlined in His word, they are far from it. First and foremost, we need to have an understanding of what God meant when He said "walk before me and be perfect."
The word "walk" means to live, behave and conduct yourself in a certain manner. The word “perfect” means to be complete, full, or whole. So, with these two words brought together, we are given a clear and direct command from God, to live, behave and conduct ourselves as a new creature in His Son Jesus, full of the Holy Ghost (Acts 6:3). In other words, to "walk upright" before God is to live "righteously" or to do what's right in His sight according to the principles set forth in His word.
When God gave His people a command to "walk upright" before Him, it wasn't a hard request. It wasn't something that could not be comprehended. It was a simple and intellectual request, that even a child can understand. It's just a matter of whether or not you really want to comply.
Since we serve an unchangeable God, His word has not changed. What He expects of His people, has not changed. He still expects His people, to "walk upright" before Him. The question that should be pondering in the mind of every professed believer of Christ is this - why was this repeated so many times? - There is a reason.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.