Saturday, September 12, 2009

keep walking

This is a recurrent theme on my blog. It may have to do with finally settling in to a walk in God that is accepting of both where I'm at and however God is working in my life. Of course that all requires God's grace and help, as we most certainly can't do it on our own.

The Christian life is a walk with many turns and pitfalls. Of course it's likened to a race, as well. And a sojourn as strangers in the world, and as citizens of heaven. I like the metaphor of walk when thinking of the Christian life because it speaks so truly to life as it is.

God's word is called a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. And Jesus is the light of the world, in whose light we're to walk so that in Jesus we become, especially together, the light of the world. It is a walk in and through Jesus, following in the way of Jesus. In this world we are like him.

God's hand in Jesus is there to help us onto our feet when we stumble and fall. And then with a renewed dependence on God to keep on walking.

What would you like to add to this? What have you learned about this walk? Or anything you'd like to add.


Maalie said...

>The Christian life is a walk with many turns and pitfalls

May I ask you how that differ's from a Muslim life? Or a Pagan life? Or an atheistic life?

Don't you simply mean "a human life?".

Ted M. Gossard said...

You're right that this has overlap with any human's life. It is good when atheists or anyone else seeks to live a life for the good of others. This is inherent in humans as well as the proneness to live life for one's self.

The difference is that it's a qualitatively different life: a Christ-life. It's lived with a different motive, to follow Jesus and ends up being like him in this world, as the Apostle John wrote. Not lived for the lust of human pleasure, the delight of human eyes, and the pursuit of greatness and prosperity in this world. But instead lived simply for God and others in the path of Jesus.

Jesus died for us to bring us into his life, which qualitatively is different than other human lives, and is therefore to be lived out differently in this world.

nannykim said...

good post

Anonymous said...

He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.

proverbs 14:2

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks Nannykim and nAncY.