“WALK WITH GOD” By Pastor YAU
Text: Genesis 5:21-24 March 21, 2010.
1) Walked on the moon: The documentary In the Shadow of the Moon includes the story of Charlie Duke, one of the Apollo 16 astronauts launched to the moon in 1972. While the command ship orbited the moon, Duke and another astronaut landed the lunar module Orion on the moon’s surface. After 3 days of running experiments and collecting moon rocks, the Apollo 16 crew safely returned to earth.
2) Walked with God: Later, Charlie had a spiritual transformation. He said it began when his friend invited him to a Bible study. After the meeting, Charlie prayed to Jesus, “I give my life to you and if you are real, come into my life.” He then experienced an indescribable peace. It was so profound that he began to share his story with friends. Charlie told them, “My walk on the moon lasted 3 days and it was a great adventure, but my walk with God will last forever.”
WHY WALK WITH GOD?
God extends an invitation: “Jesus was walking
2) God wants to walk with us: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified and do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) In the Bible, God expressed his desire to walk with us if we allow Him to.
3) God calls to walk with us: “The Lord has showed you, O man, what is good. And does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) As God called Israel to walk with Him in humility, He is calling us to walk with him in these important guidelines of life: to act justly, to love mercy and to be humble to walk with Him. To act justly is about self-discipline. To love mercy is about the way to treat others. To be humble and walk with God is about our attitude toward God.
4) God is everthing we need: “If you are please with me, teach me your way so I may know you and continue to find favor with you? Remember this nation is your people.” The Lord replied, “My presence with go with you and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:13-14) Leading the people of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land was never an easy task. Through experience Moses knew that by himself he could never do the job without God to lead his way, to walk with him. Our journey on earth also needs God to walk by our side and lead our way.
CONDITIONS IN WALKING WITH GOD:
1) Need to have faith in God: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, anyone who comes to God must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Before anyone can walk with God, he must have a life relationship with God by putting his faith in God and believes that God reward those who seek to walk with him. Faith in God is the prerequisite of walking with Him and receiving rewards from Him. A personal relationship with Jesus helps set the path in which God will walk with you.
2) Need to trust God’s ways: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your way, my way. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) To trust God and his thought and ways is the second condition one may walk with God. Anyone who trusts himself more than God will not and can not walk with Him. Knowing God is one thing, trusting him with your life is another. If you don’t trust your guide, be it on a tour trip or an expedition, you won’t get where you want to go.
3) Need to know God better: “I keep praying that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17) In order to walk with God, to following Him closely, we need to have the Spirit in our life to reveal God and His plans for our life. We need to know His revelation to know His way and the wisdom to choose to follow Him. This is a life long endeavor, a day-to-day continued close relationship with God through His word. If you don’t know God’s way, you can’t walk with Him.
4) Need to submit to God: “That is why the Scripture says: God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble. Submit yourselves to God.” (James 4:6-7) Submit is the same as obey. Sometimes God may lead us the way we are not familiar or don’t like, but we need to obey his lead and trust His wisdom. It is important to obey God’s command to walk closely with Him.
FOLLOW A GOOD EXAMPLE: (Genesis 5:21-24)
1) Dare to be different: “When Enoh had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became father of Methuselah, Enoh walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.” (5:21-22) Genesis 5 is a genealogy from Adam to Noah and his 3 sons. The usual pattern runs like this: So and so had lived to a number of years and had become father of so and so. After he became father of so and so, he had other sons and daughter and lived a number of years and then he died. What made Enoh different from all others is the sentence in the center of his life, ‘Enoh walked with God 300 years’ before he had other sons and daughter and he died. Enoh was different from all others in his time of life.
2) Dare to keep walking: “Enoh walked with God 300 years.” (5:22)Most of us, if not all, love to or had walked with God some part of our Christian life. Some start early right after their conversion while the spiritual fire still burning hot and bright. Others may take a progressive path, grow by time and take their steps one at a time. Still others may walk with God sporadically, on and off instead of a steady process. But Enoh is different. Enoh walked with God continuously, non-stop for 300 years. That is a super example of dedication and steadfastness. If you look at your own spiritual pilgrimage, you will see Enoh as a super star in terms of his commitment to walk with God.
3) Dare to give God his all: “Enoh walked with God 300 years. Altogether, Enoh lived 365 years.” (5:22-23) In 5:21, “Enoh had lived 65 years and became father of Methuselah.” In 5:23, “Enoh lived 365 years.” We see clearly that Enoh lived all his adult life after he became a father by walking with God, all the 300 years. Many Christians had become less committed and less involved with God and his church after they got married and have children. Others had slid back because of job/career entanglements. But that was not the case with Enoh. He started walking with God after he became a father and he persisted all 300 years with no signs of retreat.
4) Dare to receive rewards: “Enoh walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (5:24)According to all the accounts of the Bible, Enoh was the first man who never went through death to finish his life on earth because God took him away to heaven. (The other man was Elijah in 2 Kings chapter 2). God rewarded or honored Enoh with something no other human being has ever had. No one may imagine how God would reward him because of his dedication to walk with God. But we see clearly that God won’t allow any honest dedication of His people slips through his fingers without being recognized and rewarded. Jesus portrayed God as righteous and generous in many of his parables. We stick with Him, we will bear much fruits and receive rewards. (John 15:5)
1) It pays to walk with God: No one human being on earth is truly independent of others. We are here to intertwine with others in many ways. If you do not walk with God, you will walk with some one else. But walking with God has so many advantages no other may match. Making God your life guide and mentor is the best choice for your life. Don’t walk through life without having God walking with you and by your side. Learn more from His word, walk closer to see His plans for you to make your life fruitful.
2) It’s your best choice in life: If you haven’t got a trusted guide to help you live your life, or in confusion at a crossroad, you may want to consider asking God to walk through life with you. He is the creator of the world and your life. He knows lot more and is capable to changing life for the better. Trust Him to lead your way. Ask Jesus to come into your heart like the astronaut did and see how much you can achieve your dream life for good.