Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Walk With Me

Certainly, some might say, God demands we do more than breathe! Perhaps so, but try to do anything without breathing! To do anything physically, the body must breathe, and to do anything spiritual, the believer must be inspired by the Spirit of God. Does that mean lightning bolts and voices from heaven must precede any action the believer takes "for God?" No, that attitude produces nothing but church slugs-- you know, folk that just sit there doing nothing, excusing their lethargy by the ever ready, "I don't feel led." Whereas magnificent phenomena have been known to accompany the communications of God, they are not what I mean by inspiration (inspiring as they might be).

Inspiration is the living presence of God (i.e. breath or Spirit), quickening to our thoughts his thoughts, arousing the passion of his heart in our heart. Every born again believer has such inspiration available to him or her, it is what it means to be born of the Spirit. It is the very nature of being saved. To breathe is to assume that inspiration (by faith), to become sensitive to it, and then to act in agreement with it. Such breathing underlies all godly action. It is what makes that action possible. "What action in particular?" you might ask. How about walking? We are not under a command to march, that sends us off alone on a survival trek into the wilderness to prove ourselves or to accomplish great feats; instead, we answer an invitation to walk hand in hand with God where God is going.

You see, there is an opportunity cost to action. To do one thing in a space of time means that other things cannot be done in that same space of time. If one breathes as sketched out above, that one will have robbed the flesh of its opportunity to do evil. Most Christians would acknowledge the benefit of that, and yet so many rely on human effort and legal constraint to accomplish that goal. Law does nothing but exasperate the flesh. The secret to holy living is not legalism, but inspiration. So many, in the imperfection of human perception, hear from the heavens the command, "walk before me," when what Christ is actually saying is "walk with me."