In her biography of Marie Antoinette, Carolly Erickson tells about the queen’s attempts to disguise herself and attend parties, dances, and balls incognito, but her walk gave her away.
“When she walked, she strode like a man. Her swift, purposeful gait was her trademark. It was said that she could never successfully disguise her identity at masked balls, for no matter how she dressed, she still walked like an Empress.”
Christians are living witnesses who should walk worthy of the calling they have received. We are to:
- Walk before Him and be blameless. Genesis 17:1
- Walk in His statutes. Leviticus 26:3
- Walk in all His ways. Deuteronomy 10:12
- Walk uprightly. Psalm 84.11
- Walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
- Walk by faith and not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
- Walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16
- Walk in love. Ephesians 5:2
E.W. Boreham reminds us of a story from the life of Francis of Assisi…
“Brother,” Francis said one day to one of the young monks at the Portiuncula, “let us go down to the town and preach!”
The novice, delighted at being singled out to be the companion of Francis, obeyed with alacrity. They passed through the principal streets; turned down many of the byways and alleys; made their way out to some of the suburbs; and at length returned, by a circuitous route, to the monastery gate. As they approached it, the younger man reminded Francis of his original intention.
“You have forgotten, Father, that we went down to the town to preach!”
“My son,” Francis replied, “we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. Many have seen us; our behavior has been closely watched; it was thus that we preached our morning sermon. It is of no use, my son, to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere we walk.”