You’ve heard it! We all have;
that admonishment to “walk the walk” — meaning: back up your talk with your walk!
This is exactly what God expects of us as well.
Walking with God is active — it is alive with doing! James tells us that our faith needs to be active & alive with doing as well. That’s just the way faith is!
I am a visual person. I love props – I need to see it to remember it; thus my sandal, rock, and olive leaves shown to you the last few days. And so I must visualize and ask, just what does that close walk with God look like?
Take a moment to contemplate:
The WILL. We must be willing to align our will with God’s will. We need to stop thinking our way is better than God’s. There is no room for Frank Sinatra’s mantra, I did it my way, in a close walk with God. Even Jesus surrendered and gave in to the Father’s will as he prayed in the garden of Gesthemene.
Actively seek an intimate relationship with God. This means time spent urgently pursuing Him; knowing Him needs to be our all consuming focus. Just as we are willing to forget the dishes, the laundry, the kids and even eating, in order to finish the scrapbook project, or the work report, or the garden planting…we need to put mundane things aside to draw close to God and make it our desire to know him more deeply every day.
Lifestyle. Walking with God is a lifestyle – a way of living life. It is not a Sunday morning or high holiday event. It is a daily choice of living a certain way; the way is by constantly aligning our will to God’s and making time for talking and meeting with him every day; praying, reading, worshiping.
Keep at it. Don’t give up; walking close to God is a challenge and it does come with costs. Just remember, our walking IN faith is always rewarded by a faithful response from God.
I invite you to throw off ALL that hinders you as Hebrews 12: 1 – 3 says…
…throw off everything that hinders (your walk)
…run with perseverance
…fix our eyes on Jesus
…consider him (Jesus)
“…so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3b
So that we may each please God and live our lives IN faith.
Walk the Walk my friends!