How often we forget that our life is our walk before others. So often it’s not what we say, but what we do. I’m often reminded of Roman’s chapter 7, and I readily admit that I’ve often felt what Paul describes. The good I want to do, I don’t do, and the bad I don’t want to do is that which I do. Is there some hypocrisy in my life? Yes. Do I always walk straight, and never fall down? I fall quite often. Am I a sinner? You bet. Am I christian? Yes.
There was a time when I lived in fear of how God would view me. How could He love someone like me who was so imperfect, who constantly failed to uphold His standard, who had done so many awful things? I have to say that there was a time when I got very discouraged in my Christian walk. It’s easy to get discouraged when you walk among those who act “holier than thou,” and pretend to be in front of others what they can’t be alone.
It has taken a while for me to realize and to learn that there is no such thing as the “perfect” christian in this world, and I’ve often thought that maybe the reason Christianity hasn’t gotten further is because too many of us are trying too hard to be perfect rather than to be loving and forgiving. We judge ourselves and others when none of us are in any position to judge anyone. For so many of us, I think it’s easier to stand before the throne, than to kneel at the cross.
Lest we forget, the Bible, the word of God, is the love of God revealed to man through His son, Jesus Christ, and through Him to us. Just like His disciples, I find myself dealing with issues of greed, selfishness, anger, arrogance, immaturity, and just a general failure all around to get it, but like them, as I spend time with the Lord, as I walk with Him, I’m learning, growing and becoming more like Him. It is my hope and prayer that I’m becoming more like Jesus, not in His perfection, but in the way He walked in this world expressing His love, forgiveness, and service to others.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him”
If we have received Christ himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with him by a walk of faith in him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry out into practical effect that which we believe. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, “He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ.” Walking signifies progress. “So walk ye in him”; proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved. Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their hearts to the world all the day: but this is poor living; we should always be with him, treading in his steps and doing his will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man’s walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant tenor of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ, and then forget him; sometimes call him ours, and anon lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in him. We must keep to him, cling to him, never let him go, but live and have our being in him. “As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him”; persevere in the same way in which ye have begun, and, as at the first Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let him be the same till life’s end; the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and enter into the joy and the rest which remain for the people of God. O Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly precept.
Wayne, Your words are filled with honesty and truth. There is a need for more Christians to be honest with themselves. Thanks for a great and timely message.
LeRoy, thank you for your support. Would you please pray for me. I’m at a point where I truly need God’s wisdom.