How is your walk with God doing these days?
When you are Friends with someone, you usually spend lots of time with them. You will often like doing many things that they also like doing. And you will spend a lot of quality time doing things together. To develop a friendship with someone you need to spend time walking and talking with them as well.
However in order to become Friends with someone you need also to earn their respect. That is, the way you behave will show them if you are a man of integrity. A man of integrity is a man whom is honest, trustworthy, reliable etc. You will never earn ones respect if you are a liar, cheat, unreliable, dishonest etc.
What is integrity after all you may ask? You could say that Integrity is to ha good moral values, to be righteous, honest, trust worthy, reliable, to always do what is right. I recently had a talk about this word with my young Sunday School students. We decided that a definition is how others view you in the way you behave at work, play, school etc in all situations and at all times.
Enoch, we are told walked with God. We could say that in another way. We could say that Enoch walked with Integrity.He had good morals. He practised at doing what is right. He was not in the habit of lying, stealing, cheating, arguing etc. He practised at being a righteous man. Was he perfect, did he never sin/ Certainly not. Only one man ever born on earth was perfect in all ways. That man was Jesus Christ. Rom 3:23 tells us: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (King James Version), Nor do any do good, Rom. 3:12.
But my guess is that Enoch must have been a really good man in that he practised at doing what is right at all times. God must have thought him as someone very special because it says in scripture Gen.5: "And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. (King James Version)
David in Ps. 15:1-5 wrote about one who walks or has fellowship with God (someone whom dwells in the presence of God)
1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the LORD;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Therefore when one dies, nothing bad can be said about them, and thus it was with Enoch.
Years ago people walked about wearing a bracelet that had the initials WWJD, meaning what would Jesus do. In every circumstance of their lives, the principle was to think and do what is the right thing to do, just as Jesus would.
To walk with God is to keep your word no matter what. If you made a promise to your mom to do a chore and you later change your mind because you learn that a friend was going to the beach or something, you should still do what you said you would do first. To do otherwise dishonours yourself. When it becomes a habit to not do what you say you are going to do, you will soon lose the trust of friends and family.
To walk with God is help others in need without expecting a reward and to do so before you are even asked for help. I have a saying in regard to this. "A friend is a friend to a friend indeed, when a Friend is a friend to a Friend in need."
To walk with God is to represent yourself in everyday life, in every situation pleasing God, to do what is righteous in all situations in all you say and do, at work, at play, at home etc. I often pray asking God to help me be pleasing to Him today. It helps, believe me.
People are always watching what you are doing and ssaying, especially when you are a Christian. It is sad that there are so many so-called Christians who behave badly giving the name of Christians a bad rap because of the way they behave. As the saying goes, "It only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch."
How do others see you? Do you steal small things like elastic bands from work? Do you tell little white lies to get yourself out of something you would really not want to do? Do you swear like a sailor at work all week long, but praise the Lord with those same lips on Sunday? It should not be so it says in James.
How do you shape up before the eyes of the Lord? Does he not see and know all you say and do all week long/ What is His view of you? How do you measure up in integrity before His eyes? Does He see a man whom is walk with Him?
Do you really think that you can fool Him? God is not mocked.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap Gal. 6:7 (King James Version)
For whatever you do in the flesh seeks its reward.
A man reaps what he sows.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Gal. 6:8 (King James Version)
So, are you walking as Enoch, walking with God, or are you walking in the flesh seeking the temporary rewards, pleasures of the flesh and therefore also receiving the reward of God for what you have done in the flesh?
Do you see the end of the above passage? "he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. "
That should be your goal. That should be the reward you are seeking. So therefore my brothers, seek ye first the kingdom of God and walk with Him.
I have read recently that freedom in Christ is found in obeying Him. Freedom is not doing what you want. Doing your own thing leads to trouble, death, disease etc. By obeying Him we are freed from the results of not following the rules as such. When we obey, He opens doors to grant us more grace to enjoy Him more fully and to enjoy our lives here on earth more fully, free from worries and tribulations.