The Bible says that we, as Christians, walk by faith (read: What Does It Mean to WALK BY FAITH?). It also says that we are pilgrims on this earth(1 Pet 2:11) and we are on a journey home (Phil 3:20, Heb 13:14ff). That journey began the day Jesus saved us and continues until the day He takes us home. How we walk, and with whom we walk, is a choice and it will determine whom we serve (Acts 5:29, Col 3:23). We either walk with God or we walk without Him. So what does it mean to walk with God?
[Don’t miss the video at the end: “You’ll Never Walk Alone”]
Walking Along the Way
Jesus spoke about the path along which we walk, saying that it was the narrow way(John 7:14). We walk that path from the day of salvation until we leave this earth to go and be with Jesus. The path is determined and unchanging. It will lead us home. But how we walk along that path is our choice. Therefore, we must understand what it means to walk with God, so we can make the proper choices that will keep us on the straight and narrow path leading to our heavenly home.
The Bible speaks of a great saint of old, Enoch, who “walked with God” and was taken to Heaven (Gen 5:29). Walking with God can be understood as choosing to walk in harmony, to walk in step, and to walk with purpose.
Walk in Harmony
Waking in harmony is walking in agreement. God has graciously given us all we need to receive His truths and to choose to agree with His will and ways. If we choose not to read and study His truths, the world will speak its lies to us and we will be drawn away from walking with God. The prophet Amos understood this well when he questioned the Northern Kingdom of Israel with Godʼs admonition, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) The answer, of course, is no. Without agreement there is separation. Without agreement, togetherness is breached. Without agreement, vision is clouded. Read and study Godʼs Word–and agree with God.
Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Walk in Step
Walking in step with God is about surrendering to His timing. Often on our journey home, we determine when things should happen and how far along we should be. But Godʼs ways are not our ways. HIs time is not our time. And He has told us that time is in His hands. (Ps 31:15)
We walk in step with God when we wait upon Him. And when we wait upon Him we are strengthened for the journey.
Isa 40*31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Walk with Purpose
Walking with purpose is walking with a goal in sight. Our purpose on the path, and in our walking, is to go home. God has prepared the path, He has opened the way. And He has promised our destination. Walking in purpose is walking in the direction of Heaven, focused on our promised home. It is walking away from the world and walking toward God. It is walking away from sin and walking in the righteousness that Christ has given us (Read: The Gift of SalvaTION: Justification & Imputation) and focusing on the glory that is to come (What you need to know about Sanctification & Glorification).
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
Psa 25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Walking with God means taking one step at a time, in agreement with Godʼs timing, and with purpose. Our walk with God is fueled by the joy of our salvation through the power of the Holy Spirit and it is demonstrated by spiritual growth in living for Jesus and keeping His commandments. A closer walk with God is experienced by rest, confident assurance of who we are in Christ, and confident hope of our glorious destination.
There’s an old hymn that talks about walking with God in a garden. That’s how God created it to be. Adam and Eve walked in the Garden with God. And all who are Christians “walk” in a spiritual “garden” with Him. The question is, how close do we walk?
In The Garden Hymn
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Written more than 70 years ago, this song still rings true. We’ll never walk alone because Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit to indwell (1 Cor 3:16) and guide us in all things (John 16:13). In Christ, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13) and Jesus is with us by the power of His Spirit for He has promised:
“I will never leave or forsake you.” (Heb 13:5)
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