WALKING IN OBEDIENCE

Administrator Patriarch and Presiding Prelate

HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24).

Walking with God includes reconciliation, obedience from the heart, and ongoing faith.

When the Scripture speaks of walking with God, it’s referring to one’s manner of life. For example, Paul prayed that the Colossian believers (and us) would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so they could walk (live) in a manner worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:9-10). To the Ephesians, he said, “Walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind . . . [but] be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you” (Ephesians 4:17; 5:1-2).

The Old Testament describes Enoch as a man who walked with God. Though relatively little is said about this special man, we can derive implications from his life that will help us better understand what it means to walk with God.

First, Enoch’s walk with God implies reconciliation. Amos 3:3 says, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” Two people can’t have intimate fellowship unless they agree. Obviously Enoch wasn’t rebellious toward God but had been reconciled with Him through faith.

Second, walking with God implies loving service. 2 John 6 says, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” We obey Christ, but our obedience is motivated by love, not legalism or fear of punishment.

Third, a godly walk implies continuing faith, “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Colossians 2:6-7 adds, “As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith.” By grace, Enoch believed God and pleased Him all his life.

Do those who know you best see you as one who walks with God? I trust so. After all, that’s the distinguishing mark of a true believer: “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6).

Let Us Pray

Father, God we praise You for granting the reconciliation, faith, and love that enables us to walk with You day by day. May our walk with You take us to the place of rest. AMEN

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