Gina Caswell Kelly
How in shape are you? I know, you are thinking that is a pretty personal question to be asking. I try to stay in pretty good shape. (Round is a shape, right?) Actually, I do try to lift weights and work out everyday. Some days are more successful than others, for sure. But, one thing I really like is walking. I could walk forever. Something about putting one foot in front of the other and progressing along just makes me feel as though I am accomplishing something.
Throughout the Bible, references are made about walking.In fact, there are over 400 references to walk, walking, walked, etc in the Bible. Clearly, walking is something God is serious about. As I have been walking in my life, I have done something I call prayer walking. As I walk, I pray for the people in the homes I pass. I even pray over empty and for sale homes! I think God is pleased with the prayer walking, but I think He wants me to do even more.
Of Enoch, in the Old Testament, it was written that “he walked with God.” Oh how I would love that to be said about me! I know I am so far from that but I am trying hard to walk toward that every day. In order to walk with God, you have to notice how that is written. It doesn’t say invite God to walk with you. It doesn’t say work together on your walk. It says “walked with God.” We have to be willing to walk where He wants us to walk. And why shouldn’t we? After all, that is where He is walking.
He also says we are to “walk in a manner worthy of our calling.” What does this mean? It means that God created each of us for greatness in some area. We should walk in a manner that is worthy of that greatness. You see so many athletes today who seem to always be in the news for where they are walking. Not for what they are doing on the court or on the field, but instead for how they are walking away from their sport. Sadly, so many times their walk is not worthy of the ability with which God gifted them.
So, walk worthy. At all times. In all things.
Lastly, the Bible talks of walking on water. What!? We can’t walk on water! Well, maybe we can’t or maybe we can. We don’t have to literally walk on water to live a life of complete faith in God. That was all Jesus wanted from Peter when Peter tried to walk on water. He didn’t want his ability to walk on top of water. He wanted his ability to walk in faith and that is all He wants from you too.
So get up off your couch and lace up your shoes and walk. Walk in prayer. Walk with God. Walk worthy and walk in faith. It will make a difference.