Throughout his New Testament letters, the Apostle Paul often used the term ‘walk’ as an analogy for the Christian life. Walk: honestly, charitably, after the Spirit and not after the flesh, in love, and in wisdom. Today I want to call to our attention to yet one more way Paul encouraged us to walk.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
What does it mean to walk by faith? As we study the four gospels we see the various ways Jesus often called men to become one of His disciples. Though Jesus interacted with them in a number of ways, His primary command was – “Follow Me.” In other words, “Leave where you are at and come walk with Me.”
For many of His disciples, this was a huge undertaking. Matthew Levi needed to leave a lucrative business of tax collecting. Peter, James, John and Andrew needed to leave the only way they had ever known to make a living. Others had to leave family, friends, and everything that was familiar. Yet in order for them to walk with the Savior, they had to walk away from the past.
Little did they know at the time where their walking would take them. On one occasion Jesus said to Simon Peter – “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (John 21:18 ESV) Jesus told Peter that his journey would take him to places strangely different from what he knew at the present. Peter’s walk would eventually take him to places where he would be completely dependent upon others to care for him. Consider also what the Lord said to the Apostle Paul about his walk. “He is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” (Acts 9:15-16 ESV) Paul’s journey took him not only to palaces, but also to prison.
How does a person take such a journey when they don’t know where they are going? They can only do so as they walk by faith, and not by sight. When we walk by faith, we don’t have to have all the answers. We don’t have to know what tomorrow holds. We only have to know who holds tomorrow.
My journey with the Lord has taken me to many different places. Some places have been pleasant while others have been painful. But that’s OK because I know where my journey will eventually end up. Much like Enoch, one day I will walk out of this world and right into the next.