John 5:8 “Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
It is the thing of politics that is most frustrating. Saying things eloquently and persuasively yet, not following through.
We can be astute enough to recognize it in those speaking to us, but can we identify our own? More specifically, the words we talk to our Heavenly Father.
Many have prayed a ‘foxhole prayer,’ “Father, if you get me out of this, I will serve you forever.” God may have come through with His part, but our follow-through only lasted a little while.
Salvation brought a new and exciting life filled with new horizons and a fresh beginning for many of us. During the honeymoon phase, we enjoyed the wonder and newness of the Christian life. Then, the Father allowed us to begin the work of sanctification.
After salvation, we began what’s known as the Christian walk. It is the living out of that which we are saved to become. The Father has gifted each of us and given talents for us to accomplish the works He set forth before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Walking in those good works reveals to a lost world the difference Christ makes in the lives of His children.
As the Master Artist, he begins to chisel away those parts that do not look like His Son, Jesus. Each of us has flaws and failures that stand in the way of living a holy life. Those are the things our loving Heavenly Father wishes to cut away.
Our compliance to His transforming work in our life will define our walk.
2 Corinthians 8:11-12 “Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
Paul told the church at Corinth that there was a recipe to walking the walk.
First, there must be a willing mind.
Our submission to the will of the Father in our lives reveals our desire to please Him. It is here that Satan strikes at the heart of our walk with God. We are performance-based creatures. We do not wish to do something that has no relevance, importance, or success.
If we continue doing what we believe is the Father’s will without any fruit, the enemy begins to chide us. “Where is God? Has He forgotten you? There is no reason to continue if there is no one to see you or reward you.”
What is at stake here is the carrying out of what God gave us to do – obedience, plain and simple. If the devil can keep us from obeying God, we remove ourselves from a place of blessing. We become disobedient.
Soon, the activity becomes unfruitful. We become frustrated, and some blame God. It is only when we interact with the Father that we begin to see where the problem lies.
We are not asked to do something that God knows we cannot. But there is one element we often fail to recognize. He sees us doing what we’re asked in the strength and power of His might, not ours.
Paul saw his own weaknesses and asked God to remove them to better do His will. God denied him three times until God told him:
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
We have but one part in the grand scheme of things. Our role is integral and needed. It is not insignificant. It may seem that way to us, or we may hear the voice of Satan trying to persuade us to believe that it is.
The walk of faith must be tempered by our obedience to what we may not comprehend or understand. God calls us to obedience not because we have ‘figured it out.’
Our walk is our own. It has been carefully planned and prepared by our Heavenly Father. When we are living this life the way God designed, others will see Jesus in us. God knew what He was getting when He saved us.
If we remain submitted and teachable, we can be molded into what God planned all along. We must just keep on walking.