DAY 3: LORD, I WANT TO WALK WITH YOU TODAY
by Pastor Heiden Ratner
“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.” – Hebrews 11:5
How will you be remembered someday? If someone could describe your life in a 4-word sentence, what would you want it to say? I can’t think of a better description of a life well-lived than how the Bible remembers a man named Enoch. As the author of Genesis (likely Moses) provides brief historical descriptions of those who lived before us, he writes: 22 “Enoch walked with God…” (Gen. 5:22 ESV) To be known as someone who walked step-by-step with God is something special. One of the first people I look forward to meeting in Heaven is Enoch. I want to know more. What was the walk like? What shoes did He wear? Where did you go? What did He say? How was the pace? Please, tell me more!
This idea is fun to dream about and look forward to. But, as we journey back to reality, I want to remind you that the invitation to walk with Jesus is still active today! Now, this looks different from Enoch’s walk with God or even the disciples who walked physically with Jesus. In our case, we have the honor of walking by the Spirit of God. Paul writes to the Galatians: 16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh… 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16, 25 ESV)
We have a personal invitation from the Son of God to walk with God, by the Spirit of God, today. We don’t have to wait to get to heaven, nor do we have to wonder what people will say about us someday; we can start creating our legacy today. Pastor and leadership expert Craig Groeschell writes in his book: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life: “I will do today what I can do to enable me to do tomorrow what I can’t do today.”You may not be where you want to be yet. However, you don’t have to stay there; by faith, take a step and begin walking with Him today!
“Walk by the Spirit implies both direction and empowerment; that is, making decisions and choices according to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and acting with the spiritual power that the Spirit supplies.” – ESV Study Bible
Father, I want to walk with You today. More than just believing in You, I want to keep in step with You. By Your Spirit, for Your glory. Give me guidance, direction, and boldness. I pray for Enoch-like faith to walk with you throughout the various seasons of life. Lord, increase my faith! Lastly, I’m thankful that You are pleased with me by my faith in Jesus, just as you were pleased with Enoch through his faith. I’m grateful we don’t have to perform for You, rather to know You and walk in You! In Jesus name, amen!