Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

1 John 2:6 ESV

DEVOTION – JUNE 30, 2019

I remember when I first became a follower of Jesus. Not the first time I went to church–I remember when I truly surrendered my life to Jesus and decided my life was no longer my own.

I am fascinated with the life of Jesus. The Gospels capture a unique point of view from each of the writers, and reading the red letters of Jesus’ words makes the Word come even more alive. These men walked with Jesus. They saw for three years what it looked like to follow him.

1 John 2:6 says those who say they abide in God ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. The question is: how did Jesus walk? What did his relationship with the Father look like? And are we, who say we abide, in God walking like him?

Growing up in the church, I saw so many different ways people could grow closer to Jesus. There were Bible studies, Sunday School classes, and different worship services, all of which closely resembled a shopping checklist for Christians. These are not bad things–in fact, it is such a privilege we are able to worship freely–but they can sometimes feel like boxes to check rather than opportunities for a deeper understanding of who Jesus is.

Early in my relationship with Jesus, I found myself doing the things and checking the boxes I thought would please God. I read my Bible, had my prayer time, and went to church. When things did not go my way or my expectations were not met, I became frustrated and confused. I thought I was doing the right things. I was doing what I had seen other Christians do. Why didn’t those things work for me?

Eventually, I understood that God is more concerned with why we do these things than what we do or how many times we do it.

In order to walk like Jesus, we must walk with Jesus–day after day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. The way we do this is by replicating the heart of David; we are called to be people after God’s own heart. We can’t be people who walk with him just two days a week; we are called to be sons or daughters of God who say of him “every hour I need Thee.”

Walk with Jesus in the mundane, in the parts of the day where you would least expect him. God will often reveal himself in the mundane and speak to us loudest when we are not expecting it.

We may want to jog, run, or feel like we should do more, try harder, and be better. In reality, the simplicity of walking with Jesus is the beauty of it. He leads us, and we walk alongside him. He knows when we need to lie down in green pastures and when we need to be led beside the still waters. His rod and staff will comfort us, and goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.

We must walk with Jesus if we are to walk like him.

PRAYER

Father,

I thank you for your Word which shows the precious life and words of your Son. We who say we abide in you want to walk like Jesus. Help us slow down, take time, and follow you. Even in the waiting, in the mundane, and in the unexpected, we know you are there. Let us be a people after your own heart and say unto you “every hour I need Thee.”

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Zach Stephens

Crossings 56 Graduate Resident
zstephens@crossings.church

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