How do we adopt a challenging adapted lifestyle?
To adapt means to fit by alteration. Change is inevitable, and it is time for change. It is time to alter our lifestyle. It is time to develop new habits. We are to have altered (from worldly) customs, habits, and behaviors. This is how we develop character. And it is a challenge!
Scottish author and minister George MacDonald (1824-1905) wrote: God will help us when we cannot walk, and He will help us when we find it hard to walk, but He cannot help us if we will not walk.
Babies crawl before they walk. Toddlers often fall as they learn to walk. It is okay to fall down. It is not okay to stay on the ground. Get up and start walking again. Children walk before they run. Learning to walk is a process. Walking takes balance. We find balance knowing what God’s Word says. Walking takes knowing what God wants of us to form the habits to walk well spiritually.
Most of the New Testament uses of the word ‘walk’ as a figurative meaning to conduct one’s life, to order one’s behavior, to behave, to make one’s way, to make use of opportunities, or how to live one’s life.
There is no surprise that Paul urges believers to ‘walk worthy’ is a common thread through all his epistles. (See Romans 6:4, 13:13, II Corinthians 5:7, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 2:1, 10, 4:1, 17, 5:2, 8, 15, Philippians 3:17-18)
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that as you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and please God; 1 Thessalonians 4:1 NKJV
We practise, habitually, new behavior as we adopt an adapted lifestyle.