“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6-7).
That’s a high standard. My first thought: impossible! But let’s think about this. How did Jesus walk?
He walked in love, in compassion, in patience, in forgiveness. He walked in expectation. He walked full of faith, totally dependent on his Father.
Don’t let that word faith slow you down because you feel yours is inadequate. We try to measure faith, saying “He has huge faith” or “my faith is so small.”
I have a simple definition of faith: believing God. Is that something we can measure? I’ve never heard anyone say, “He believes God a lot” or “I just believe God a little.”
Faith is an either/or thing. Either we believe God or we don’t.Faith is an either/or thing. Either we believe God or we don’t. Click To Tweet
Like many people, I sometimes struggle with discouragement. Plans that I thought came from God just don’t seem to be working out. I battle weariness. Thoughts of giving up race around in my mind. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?
Are you tired of jumping hurdles and pushing past obstacles that seem to impede every step? Here’s an idea. Walk as Jesus walked.
As we follow him through the Gospels, he never seems to hurry. He’s never in a panic. He doesn’t appear distracted from the moment. In fact, he’s very much in the moment, taking care of immediate issues—healing the blind, the lame, the deaf, the demon-possessed. Oh, yes…and raising the dead.
We never see Jesus at the end of the day looking over his to-do list, disgruntled that he couldn’t check off every item and lamenting all the interruptions that rearranged his schedule.
The picture I see is Jesus calmly taking life one moment at a time, valuing the people in his presence, meeting their needs, and leaving them better than he found them.The picture I see is Jesus calmly taking life one moment at a time, valuing the people in his presence, meeting their needs, and leaving them better than he found them. Click To Tweet
If he were to encounter me at some point during my day, he likely would say, “Woman, slow down. Focus. There is plenty of time to do the Father’s will.”
I don’t expect to see Jesus in the flesh today, but I can hear him in my heart saying those words. And that’s what I’m going to do. Slow down. Focus. Busy myself doing the Father’s will.
Lord Jesus, teach me how to walk as you walked—in love, in compassion, in patience, in forgiveness, in expectation and full of faith, totally dependent on my Father.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Living the maximum life!
Are you struggling today with a bulging to-do list? Tell me how the Father is helping you focus on matters of eternal worth. And please share this with your friends!
© Dianne Barker 2020