Monday, June 14, 2010
And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Again and again the Bible uses the picture of walking to describe the Christian life. Galatians 5:16 tells us, "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Ephesians 5:2 says, "Walk in love." And Colossians 2:6 says, "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him." In 1 John 1:7 we read, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."
Genesis gives us a great example in Enoch of walking with God. And though there is not a lot about Enoch in the Bible, what is there is fascinating. We read in Genesis 5:24, "And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him." The phrase, "God took him," could also read, "God translated him" or "carried him over" or "carried him across." Enoch did not have to die like everyone else. He just took a walk one day and went home.
Enoch is an example of how we are to live as last days believers. Notice the Bible doesn't say, "Enoch sprinted with God." Rather, "Enoch walked with God." Walking speaks of regularity. It speaks of doing something over and over.
I was always a good sprinter, but I was never a good long-distance runner. I would have a burst of energy, but then I would give out. In the same way, people will have a burst of energy in their Christian life, but then they crash and burn. They will get up again and go for awhile, only to run out of steam once more. It is better to simply walk with God and be disciplined enough to maintain that relationship.
Are you walking with God? Keep walking. Stay with it. Be regular. Be consistent in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
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