THE WALK OF FRIENDSHIP
I am convinced that few of us really understand the joy, the satisfaction, and the reward of a close walk with the Lord. As these precious moments come and go in my experience, I find myself needing repenting more often for my lazy mind and lack of diligence in making this walk of friendship with the Lord my ONLY PRIORITY.
Is this walk only open to a few; those ‘spiritual giants’ who stand out in the Bible? The invitation went out to individuals…to anyone. It still does. Consider the wide range of this invitation:
· “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24).
· “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God” (6:9).
· Abraham: “I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless” (17:1).
These walked with God, but not in the same way you and I have opportunity to walk with Him. Arthur Pink summarizes the different relationship we have with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. “We walk before God as children; we walk after Him as servants; we walk with Him as His friends; we walk in Him as members of Christ’s body.” “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith” (Colossians 2:6-7).
What difference will such a walk make in the way we live? Children want to obey the Father. Servants work to please the Master. Friends desire companionship so they are never alone. Members always realize they are connected to something much greater than themselves. All of these put together make a walk with God a powerful reason to have a closer walk daily.
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