I didn’t know it was possible. I thought it was just something we saw on TV, but it’s not. I witnessed with my very own eyes that there are most definitely “walking dead” among us. They are everywhere. In fact, they are overrunning our world!
Now, before we all freak out and start preparing for a zombie siege, they aren’t quite the same as the movies suggest. Ephesians 2:1-3 gives an eerie description of the walking dead, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”
So who are these people? They are people who live a life of sin and disobedience to the Lord. Even though they may be physically alive, they are spiritually dead (James 1:14-15; Romans 6:23; Colossians 2:13). They are the “walking dead.”
Thankfully, these people are not necessarily trying to rise up and take down all humanity, but they can most definitely infect others with their wickedness. They can corrupt good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33). They can lead people astray (Proverbs 12:26). They can carry people away into error (2 Peter 3:17). We must be careful not to become infected.
The great news is there’s a cure! As Ephesians 2:4-5 details, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” God has offered us a cure. So how can we receive this cure? Romans 6:4 explains, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” The cure is baptism (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21; Galatians 3:27).
Sadly, this infection is a really tough one to defeat and it can take over us again if we let it. We must do our best to stay infection free for life, and the Lord will reward us (Revelation 2:10). Let’s cure as many as we can and never allow ourselves to become part of the “walking dead.” Romans 6:12-13 provides an awesome final charge: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:12-13).