“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Walk in Christ. What a kindness that it is phrased this way and what a needed word for our current reality. The Christian life is lived at Jesus’ walking pace. We don’t sprint ahead or lag behind, but rather keep in step with our gracious Savior who, during His time on earth, never seemed to be in a hurry.
It is a paradox that as we mature in our Christian faith, we don’t become more self-sufficient, but rather ever more dependent on the Lord. Christian growth is away from independence into greater dependence on the One who created and designed us for Himself. In this season we are reminded in many ways of the illusion of our independence. The pains and limitations of shelter in place remind us of the simple, but hard to digest truth that we are not as in control as we believe we are. This is actually good news, though it may feel like death to us.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”
How did you receive Him? Certainly not by your strength, wisdom, or insight. You received Him because He gave you eyes to see and a heart to receive Him as He is (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is why our foundation is so utterly secure and provides unending confidence to move forward by faith. His work does not fail. What He starts, He finishes (Philippians 1:6). Though His game plan is confusing to us, it has never been thrown off course and at no point has He ever been forced to call an audible or change the play.
God does not fail, but we often do. How foolish it would be then to start on the foundation of His gift and perfection and then try and live by our own strength! Our life from beginning to end is meant to be lived in loving, joyful, and humble dependence on Him. He didn’t start the process and say, “Good luck! You got it from here.” Instead, He saved us and smiling said, “Follow me, I have so much more for you to see!”
I can’t help but wonder if for many of us the challenges of Covid 19 have brought us to a greater awareness of our need for God. How many of these difficulties have prompted us to talk with God and ask for help? How many sibling fights and homeschool lesson fiascos have left us clearly understanding unless God moves nothing is going to get better? How many of us have found in the isolation of shelter in place that God is still present when others cannot be? This season is hard, but it offers us spiritual reminders of truths easily forgotten in times of ease. In other words, God’s plan for His children to grow in Christ is still happening now.
As you walk with Jesus today, ask Him to help you see what He is doing. Ask Him to help you walk at His pace and not your own. Ask Him to help you receive today as you did your day of salvation: as a gift. Today may not be the gift you would have ever asked for, but it is the gift that God knows you need right now to grow in faith, truth, and love.