The word “walk” is often used in the bible in reference to how a person lives their lives as a habit. In Ephesians 2:10 the apostle Paul writes “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” As Christians, our lives should be characterized by doing “good works”. Walking in good works serves two purposes. First, doing good things for other people demonstrates our love for them. Jesus was asked, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus replied that the first commandment of all was, “you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” He went on to say that the second most important commandment was, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:28-31). We must love our fellow man if we would be pleasing to God. How do we demonstrate our love for others? We demonstrate our love through our “good works”. In 1 John 3:17-18 John said, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
Secondly, our good works are to draw the attention of other people to God. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” In 1 Peter 2:12 the apostle Peter writes, “having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.” The life of a Christian should be characterized by good works in obedience to the will of God and as a visible manifestation of our love for our fellowman. “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18).