For awhile now God has been showing me that I need to have a closer relationship with Him. It's not that I don't want to, but that I believe I can never be close "enough", there is always room to get closer to Christ. You ask, well how do you know? Well, you know when God keeps reminding you that you haven't prayed enough or read His Word enough or church doesn't thrill you. He shows you through His Word,sermons, praise music and most of all the nudging of the Holy Spirit.
Too many times I find myself comparing myself to other people and seeing how I measure up to their "Christianity". God reminded me again that I am to measure up to Him, I am to be a reflection of Him! It doesn't matter what another person does or does NOT do, it matters what God wants ME to do or maybe NOT to do. When people look at me, do they see Christ?
Yesterday, I went to a Ladies meeting at another church and the whole theme was Walking with Jesus. Now I don't know how it is in your relationship with Christ, but when He starts working on me, He does it in many areas and facets of my day and life. He is great at weaving His truth into my day in such a way that I know He is trying to make a point. I am still in awe and wonder when He does this, and I hope I never lose that joy or become blase` to it.
I got home last night, pondering the various speakers, the fellowship, then our family time and already forgetting some of the things that God had nudged me about.
As I readied for bed I had two choices for devotions, continue reading in Ezekiel or reading in a devotional book by missionary Andy Bonikowsky in Spain. I had skimmed his book when he gave it to me and treated it much like a Reader's Digest, look at it for the good nuggets and then leave it on the shelf. I had decided about a week ago when I was getting frustrated with an online devotional that I had been using to start his book from the very beginning. I thought well ok, I will read his book instead of a chapter in my Bible reading...
Well! God was in this whole thing as usual, because all day He has been showing me that He was serious about me having a closer walk with Him, and I was already letting my life settle into it's routine. I opened the book to the lesson that I was to read next and would ya know it? It was about walking with God!!! Well, God got my attention again with a proverbial smack to the head.
"Walking with Jesus, walking every day walking all the way, Walking in with Jesus, walking with Jesus alone." "Just a closer walk with Thee, Precious Jesus is my plea, daily walking close to Thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be."
Let's take a walk... with Jesus.