Your Walk…? It Is Your Responsibility!
Have you ever considered your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, how would you rate it? Do you have a part to play in it or you simply ‘go with the flow’ since you are born again? So many rate their walk with the Master by what their pastors say. The pastor tells you, you are doing great in your walk even when there are obvious shortcomings on your part. The excuse given is that, once these shortcomings are pointed out to you, you will become discouraged but if you are told ‘you’re doing great’, the tendency (according to their reasoning) is that you will be motivated to walk deeper. The Scripture is filled with men that had shortcomings and we saw how God rebuked them, how they turned to the Lord and He helped them. The Bible tells us to help restore a fallen brother or sister in the spirit of gentleness but equally taking heed to ourselves so as not to be tempted. The truth is, we have hyped the ‘restoring in gentleness’ but forgot to take heed to ourselves. In restoring a brother or sister, we are not supposed to water down the scripture, thus making it lifeless nor are we to flatter or lie to the erring person. Even in gentleness and love, it must be done in truth and sincerity of heart. Gentleness and love without truth is falsehood!
What is the Bible’s position on our own personal responsibilities in regard to our walk with God? 2 Peter 1:10 says “Therefore brethren be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble”. Friend, there are some things that must be done in order to make our calling and election sure. It is not what the pastor or preacher says but something that must be gained by experiential knowledge. In order words, what you’d experience for yourself. If you are only sure of your walk with God by the pronouncements of the preacher then you are an immature child of God lacking in the very things that should make your call and election sure. These things are faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. These things are not some ‘things’ you pick up by the way side but we are told to be ‘diligent’ in adding these things to our life of faith. This is our responsibility on a daily basis. It becomes a counterfeit life when we believe that since we are born again, living under grace all these things will automatically be added to us. That is not the gospel of Christ but another gospel!
Friend, how is your life of faith? What have you added to it since you started walking with the Lord? If you have, continue so that you can abound in them and your life, knowledge and walk with God will be fruitful. However, if you are still in the faith level, where everything you do and believe revolves round you, then it is time to awaken from a deathly sleep and get to work! Be diligent to add to your faith or your walk with the Lord will be unfruitful. The grace to arise and diligently walk with the Master is released to you in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.