She wibbles and wobbles and falls a lot.
But she is vertically in motion.
She's been crawling around in the germy dirt for 5 months.
Perhaps now I won't have to clean her dirt-stained pants or wash her dirty little hands and knees as often. Yay!
It is quite fitting to use this exciting news as an opportunity to study what God's Word teaches about how our children can WALK the Christian Walk.
The apostle John wrote in 2 John 4, 6
"It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us...And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his command. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love."
Jeremiah 6:16 reads,
"This is what the LORD says: 'Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls..."
The second part of Isaiah 2:3 says,
"He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths..."
Psalm 89:15 declares,
"Blessed are those...who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD."
After giving the Israelites the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 6, Moses encourages God's people to:
"be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess."
Micah 6:8 famously commands,
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
And finally in John 8:12 Jesus himself promises,
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Let's summarize and get the full picture!
To walk the CHRISTIAN WALK means to walk toward and with Jesus.
And according to these verses, to walk toward and with Jesus means to:
- Walk in His truth.
- Walk in obedience; in His ways.
- Walk in His love.
- Walk in His good way.
- Walk in His paths.
- Walk in His obedience.
- Walk in His light.
- Walk humbly with Him.
The world walks horizontally, so to speak. Their paths are man centered and paved by human truth and morality. This horizontal walk is dark and consumed by pride.
The Christian walks vertically. His/her paths are God centered and paved by His truth and love. This vertical walk is light and life.
It has given me great joy to watch all of my children learn how to walk.
However, it will give me true, sustaining, and lasting joy to watch ALL of my children WALK humbly with and toward Jesus!
Join me in prayer today:
Jesus, I pray my children will deny themselves and the man-centered horizontal walk of this world. I pray they would choose to walk vertically with and toward You. And I pray that as they mature in their faith they would learn how to humbly walk the Christian walk. Show them how to walk in Your truth, in Your ways, in Your love, and in Your light. May my heart rejoice as I begin to see them walking in Your truth!