Yet again, the Lord is the Lord…stringing together threads daily to weave the tapestry of His will for me as I walk along, mostly blind…mostly haphazardly. It never ceases to amaze me how He always knows where to find me…and how purposeful He is in what He speaks, how He instructs, where He leads.
In my inbox this morning is a devotional reading that I really haven’t been keeping up on, but when I saw the title in the subject line, I knew I had to read it. It is from today’s Morning & Evening Devotion, by Spurgeon (as edited by Alistair Begg)
SO WALK IN HIM - Colossians 2:6
If we have received Christ Himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will display its intimate acquaintance with Him by a walk of faith in Him. Walking implies action. Our Christian life is not to be confined to our closet; our belief must be revealed in our practice. If a man walks in Christ, then he must act as Christ would act; since Christ is in him-his hope, his love, his joy, his life-he is the reflection of the image of Jesus; and men will say of that man, "He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ." Walking signifies progress. "So walk in him." Proceed from grace to grace; run forward until you reach the ultimate degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning Christ. Walking implies continuance. There must be a continual abiding in Christ. Many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, but regard the rest of the day as their own: But this is poor living; we should always be with Him, treading in His steps and doing His will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man's walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant theme of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ and then forget Him, sometimes call Him ours and then lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in Him. We must keep to Him, cling to Him, never let Him go, but live and have our being in Him. "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him"; persevere in the same way in which you began, and, just as at the beginning Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let Him be the same until life's end, the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death and enter into the joy and the rest that remain for the people of God. O Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly precept.
This Sunday at church an older lady came over and hugged me. She whispered in my ear. “You are so beautiful. There is something in your eyes now…I can see Jesus all over you and that is the best beauty there is.” As the tears formed in my eyes, there was no time to be flattered. My thoughts were, “Lord, I know this is all you, and all of grace.” It is truly by His grace alone that anyone sees anything good in me, because I know I have not been diligent in seeking to walk in Him and reflect Him as I should.
My reading in “Edges of His Ways” this morning is again my heart’s prayer…
Father of spirits, this my earnest plea
I bring again, and yet again to Thee
Fulfill me now with love that I may know
A daily inflow, daily overflow.
For love – for love my Lord was crucified
With cords of love He bound me to His side
Pour through me now; I give myself to Thee,
O Love that led my Lord to Calvary.