By: Kevin Jackson
If you follow Christian accounts or are lucky enough to surround yourself with Christian people and Facebook friends, you probably hear “Walk in Faith” or “Walk on Faith” quite a bit. Usually it is when people are having hard times and need to be reminded of their faith. The whole concept of walking with Jesus or going down his path. Sound simple right? Well yes and no… let’s take a deeper dive.
Let’s start with the concept of walking. Walking is just a controlled fall. Seriously, think about it. You put one foot out and let go of your control. You trust that when that foot comes to rest it is on the ground in front of you, allowing you not to fall. Now, if that ground is not there, gravity doesn’t pull you down or there is a step there…. bamm…. you will go down. Funny for sure if you watch someone do this, but it is probably not nice to laugh. Their trust or “faith” in the ground ahead of them failed them. They didn’t have a controlled fall, just a fall. I guess the right thing to do would be help them back up.
Now, let’s relate that to God and our faith in Jesus Christ. We are not having a controlled fall, more like a controlled rise. When you walk on faith, you trust that God will catch you and keep you from falling flat on your face. You see, God is the foundation that we walk on, the path that we live our lives on. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. Now, that’s not to say that there won’t be bumps in the road, maybe the walkway is a little rough and uneven at times. That’s life. But you have to pay attention to what you are walking on.
Think about our first example, just normal every day walking. Now if you are not watching where you walk and you come to a step, there is no doubt you will fall. But if you watch where you walk, you will see the step coming and adjust accordingly. Saving you from an embarrassing moment when everyone is laughing at you.
The same thing rings true when walking on faith and with God. You still have to pay attention. Too many people think “I gave my life to Jesus and all will work out”. Wrong. You still have to work on it. God wants your attention, your love and your dedication to “the walk”. You see, he has placed plenty of handrails and signs to make sure you have a clear and easy walk. But you have to use them. Galatians 5:16-17 says “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh”. Read your bible, go to church, surround yourself with Christians and most importantly, PRAY! These things help you pay attention to God and his path you are walking on. Focus on them and you won’t even be bothered by the potholes and broken steps of life.
God is the ground and the gravity that keeps you on your path to Heaven. Walk, don’t run. The journey is one that He wants you on. His love and guidance will get you there; you just have to BE there with Him. Finally, if you see someone falling and not walking in faith, help them back up and get them started again.
Teach them to walk on faith and trust in love.