Walk in Him by Danielle Chambers
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)
Tucked into a 32 verse-long genealogy in the book of Genesis, a simple phrase in the long list of names stops you in your tracks as you’re reading, and for good reason. Take a minute to read through Genesis 5:1-21 along with me.
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died. When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died. When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died. When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared. Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died. When Jared had lived 162 years, he fathered Enoch. Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died. When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:1-21
When all is said and done and decades, even centuries, have gone past, what will be said about me? What will be said about you?
For many of the people listed in Genesis 5, there isn’t much said about each of them. But for Enoch, we see in verses 21-24, one very important thing was said – the most important thing. Enoch walked with God.
Is there anything greater than walking with God? At the end of our lives we may have been funny, or a great cook, we may have accomplished physical challenges or we may have travelled the world. We may have abundant assets, plenty of accolades or a great career but all our accomplishments are in vain when they are not preceded by a daily walk with God.
So as 2017 rapidly approaches, I am determined to walk with God more and more each day. As I thought and prayed through what the Holy Spirit was speaking over me for now and the next year, I was reminded of Colossians 2:6-7 that says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (emphasis mine)
I want to be someone whose first and central priority is to walk with God, to be rooted in Him and His Word and to be abounding in thanksgiving. Walking with God means I am right in step with Him. I am not dragging my feet behind him and I’m not wandering away from His path or running ahead of Him. I am right in step with my Lord as He walks me through each day and navigates the path He has placed in front of me.
So as the Christmas season is passing faster than a blink of an eye and 2017 is coming quickly upon us, let’s not lose sight of what is most important. May we do everything for God’s glory, and may we walk in Him and His Word, obediently and thankfully.
Is there an area of your life that you are running ahead of God? Or maybe there is a path of life you know you should be taking but you have wandered away, choosing your own trail. Let’s allow the Lord to take our hands and guide us back to His path of Life, walking step-in-step with Him until He walks us into our perfect eternity.