A few years ago, a friend remarked that he thought it was weird that a pastor asked him how his walk with God was going. I thought it was sad that he was weirded out by that question, for as brothers and sisters in Christ, we should all be asking and encouraging each other in this (Hebrews 10:24). As believers, we all have a walk with God, be it bumpy and bruised or close and constant. Each walk should entail our prayer life, our gospel infusion, and our Scripture interaction. As we lovingly and caringly ask our brothers and sisters about their walk with God, let us encourage or spur them on in these areas.
Do you talk with God?
Are you coming to God throughout your daily experiences?
Like the Psalms record prayers to God in both good times and bad, distress and rejoicing, we should be coming to God in all situations. For God, our Heavenly Father, knows and sees, loves and cares, hurts and rejoices. Our Heavenly Father is the first person we should turn to. Sadly, we turn to others for gossip and slander to work our hurt and strife, or to worldly wisdom and advice to work through indecision and confusion, or addiction and entertainment to medicate our frustrations and loneliness. But there our Heavenly Father waits for us to come to Him.
How does your awareness of your sin and God’s grace affect how you view yourself and others?
Our understanding of the gospel is of greatest importance. If we misunderstand it, then we are buried in guilt and fear or untethered, floating in a vast and treacherous sea of sin and confusion. The gospel clearly states who we are, as condemned sinners who are forgiven and free by Jesus’ work. It clearly states who God is, as our holy, righteous, and just creator, who loves us enough to save us and restore us. This understanding invigorates us to live holy and God pleasing lives. It helps us view others as fellow beggars and strugglers. It helps us live lifes oozing and ooching mercy, love, grace, and righteousness (Romans 6-8).
Do you read the Bible?
As you do, do you sense God’s power? Conviction? Peace? Direcion? Hope?
The Bible is God’s word to us. The thoughts, desires, commands, plans, promises, and purposes of God were recorded by men in prayers, visions, stories, histories, wisdom, and poetry. God’s word is what we need to hear from God and learn of His heart and ways. If we are walking with God it is essential that we immerse ourselves in understanding and applying His word to our lives. We do this purposefully by planning times of reading, hearing, meditating, and memorizing. God’s word is living and active which means that it is what we need to keeping going and growing (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Let it not be weird to ask each other about our walk with God! Day by day, step by step, let us keep growing closer to our Heavenly Father, expanding and overflowing in our understanding of grace, being assured, inspired, convicted, and challenged in wisdom and truth. As Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden, may we delight each day in the presence of our Creator and Savior! It’s not wierd but loving to ask and care about that.