By: Gabriela Yareliz
We often think about genuineness. We think about and try to define true success, true beauty, true fashion, true love, true art, true fame, true athleticism, and even how true the weather prediction will be for the next day.
Sometimes, I think we worry about the genuineness of things and concepts that are really not life or death or eternally important. But perhaps, I am wrong. I suppose many of us ask ourselves deep philosophical questions about life, and true purpose and belief.
In the book Destiny, by Dr. Tony Evans, he writes about Ecclesiastes 3:11, which says, “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart.”
Dr. Evans wrote: “All of us have eternity in our hearts. We know there must be more than just what we are experiencing right now. Even people without God spend a lifetime trying to answer eternal, philosophical questions. Who am I? Where am I going? Where did I come from? They ask these questions because God has placed eternity in their hearts.” Destiny, by Tony Evans, pg. 81 (Harvest House).
“If you seek your purpose from the perspective of time rather than the perspective of eternity, life will be flat. It will lack meaning because God has set eternity in your heart. You were made for eternity. If what you are doing is focused solely on temporal results and not also on eternal results, you will be dissatisfied simply because your soul is not temporal.” Destiny, by Tony Evans, Id. (Harvest House).
True spirituality and true religion is about being conscious of the fact that we have eternity set in our hearts, and it’s about being instep with that which we believe. After all, someone once said, “The best sermons are lived not preached.” My favorite Gandhi quote says “My life is my message.”
Our belief must transform us from the inside out–if not, there is no point of prescribing to something that is powerless. So, as I thought about real religion, it’s really all about being “in step with Jesus”… It’s about not taking lightly: lifestyle, health, language and the other elements of life. As we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, we come into contact with other souls, and they come into contact with our soul.
Life is like some giant silk road where we all give pieces of ourselves to each other.
Something I like that Dr. Evans also wrote is, “Whatever God has called you to do will have eternal repercussions.” Destiny, by Tony Evans, pg. 66 (Harvest House).
This is why it is so important to stay in step. It’s one thing to walk with someone, but if you lag behind, those around you may no longer know you are with the other person. Being in step shows unity, it shows you want to be together.
Do you ever remember as a child when you got angry at your siblings or maybe your parents? You’d strut behind everyone maybe subtly mad or more dramatically pouting, with your arms crossed because you were fed up with the person or people in front.
We often behave like that with God, even when we don’t realize it, at times.
We may take out some frustration or self-centeredness out on God. Our attitude with God reflects in the way we either keep Him at a distance or keep Him close. When we keep Him close, He guides us.
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:10). A way of being in step with God is allowing and praying for His will and guidance in our lives. The fact that our lives have eternal repercussions is no light matter. Let us ask God in which way we should go and keep close to Him, and He will direct our paths.
Luke 11 gives us ideas as to how we can relate to God. It begins with praise and the recognition of God’s power, sovereignty, and His place as our Heavenly Father, and then it goes into verses 3-4.
“Give us day by day our daily bread. (3)
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.(4)”
These texts reflect that God is a provider (3), and that He is merciful and forgives our sins and delivers us from evil (4).
As we continue in these Ten Days in Prayer, think about how you can be more “in step” spiritually speaking.
This is in no way an exhaustive list, but it made me begin thinking:
1. You can only be in step with God if you are willing to follow His will. It’s time to actually read and find counsel in the Holy Scriptures. Don’t put a question mark where God put a period, people say. God has established many things and counsel in the Bible, and for everything else there is a combination of prayerful Biblical interpretation, prayer and Godly counsel.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” (Psalm 1:1-6)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16
2. Just as God is our provider (Luke 11:3), take time to give from what the Lord has blessed you with; share your blessings with someone who needs a helping hand or compassion.
3. Forgive those who wrong you, and measure others by the same standard you would like to be measured by. (Luke 11:4)
“For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:2
4. Love those around you. During His ministry on earth, Jesus had love and compassion for every soul, and He was a friend of every soul who accepted His friendship.
5. Pray. Pray for God’s will to be fulfilled in your life as each day unfolds.Pray for God to direct your steps.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
Let us pray:
“Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10).
As you continue to walk in your spiritual journey, and as you make decisions and pray, remember:
God saw something special in you; in your character, in your personality, that He has chosen you to mirror His image to the world. Pastor Jeffery Rosario–Paraphrase (Sermon from GYC 2014).
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Day 5: Walking In Step with Jesus