Lifelines November 15, 2020

The life of a Christian is consistently described in the Bible in terms of walking.  It is not God’s design to give us new life in Christ so that we will complacently sit.  It is not a single step but a walk, a journey that is unlike any other.  It is through a narrow gate onto the road less traveled.  It is on that path that we find life. 

Conversion brings us into a new relationship with the Lord.  We look to Him for the direction that is best.  Our flesh continues to exert pressure on us to do as it demands, but we must not.  Our initial steps are uncertain and shaky like a newborn colt.  We stagger and fall, disappointed that we have not mastered our own actions.  We rise again to try another day.  Failure is not permanent but a temporary setback.  We are still children of God, and we’ll do better tomorrow.

Growing up is never easy.  Whether we are describing physical development or spiritual maturity, we struggle.  The Lord understands.  He made us, and He knows our weaknesses.  He also knows our potential and has expectations expressed through His prophet, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).” 

Humility does not come naturally.  Our inclination is to strut our independence and hide our shortcomings.  It seems inconsistent with maturity to acknowledge weakness, so we try to keep it secret.  Yet, it is essential to face up to our need if we want to walk with God.  Our self-determined steps will inevitably put us on the wrong track because His ways and ours lead in opposite directions (Isaiah 55:8-9).

A humble submission to Jesus Christ as our Lord will reveal itself in a lifestyle.  Christians are no longer slaves to emotions.  Yes, those feelings still exist but they are no longer master over us.  It involves a conscientious choice to reject that course of action for one dictated by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17).  Giving the reins of our life to the Lord requires faith that Father knows best.  The outcome of that decision produces a fruit so unique that it could only come from the Spirit as we walk with Him.

God has a great love for His children and desires the best for us, both in this life and the next.  His word provides His thoughts on how to accomplish that.  Now, it is up to us.  It involves our decision that we trust Him enough to thrust ourselves completely into His hands, recognizing that we do not know how to go.  Total surrender is the only way.  Our part is to humble ourselves under His all-powerful hand, and He will take care of the rest (1 Peter 5:6-7).  He always has.