Worship Service Times
SEP 24 | English Holy Communion (10.15 AM)
OCT 01 | Contemporary Service (8 AM)
OCT 01 | Malayalam Holy Communion (10.15 AM)
OCT 08 | English Holy Communion (10.15 AM)
OCT 15 | Malayalam Holy Communion (10.15 AM)
Dearly Beloved in Christ
Smart, daring, technocratic, scientific men explored the ocean depths, traversed the space, walked on the moon and now aspire to colonize the Mars, but wise men walk with God. The famous industrialist Henry Ford's words are encouraging in our spiritual life that, "those who walk with God, always reach their destination". Walking with God everyday is a real miracle in the world. When a person walks with God, he will find joy in everyday activities of life.
Day by day, morning by morning, begin our walk with Him in the assured trust that God is at work in everything. It is a discipline of our heart, to learn to be peaceful and safe in God in every situation. In our thinking, in our reactions, in our heart of hearts - is where our walk with God begins and continues.
The purpose of our life is far greater than our own personal fulfillment, our peace of mind, or even our happiness. It’s far higher than our family, our career, ambition, aspiration, achievements, or even our wildest dreams and utopias. If we want to know why we were placed on this planet, we must begin with God and we should walk with God. If we walk and talk with God, we will never ignore the direction to our divine outlook. Be courageous and offer our heart to be led by God. "Fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. The fear narrowed on a higher knowledge.
Walk with God is on the top of knowledge.”
According to the creation story in the Bible, God is always interested to walk with human being and He expects that the human being should walk with Him also. In genesis we read that “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8). There is a beautiful reality that every day God visited Adam and Eve and walked with them in the garden. It is very evident that, before the fall of mankind, God had a close, intimate relationship with Adam and Eve. They were in harmony with God’s will until the day that they chose for themselves the knowledge of what is good and what is evil. God withdrew Himself from the presence of Adam and Eve because their sins had separated themselves from Him. But God's everlasting love towards human and the wish to redeem human from sin continues in the history and it is very evident in the remaining creation account. In Genesis 5:24 we read that, “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” The author of the epistle to Hebrews explains a section about Enoch that, "By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away. “For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God” (Heb 11:5). The reason Enoch was transferred from this life to the next or when God “took him” was because Enoch lived a life that pleased God and because of this he was taken away by God to be in His presence. If we please God, we might not get taken away but we’ll be in His presence at His return or just after death and if you’re pleasing God, you’re likely walking with God. In his generation many of them lived long years, gave birth to children, ate and slept and lived a life in the worldly manner, whereas, Enoch Walked with God.
Further we can see in the story of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and many others, after the formation of the Jewish community, that God Always wanted them to be His people. God demands some requirements from His people. In Leviticus 26:12 we see this allege of God “And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Here God gives us the analogy of walking among His own people. We are His people but God will not walk with us if we are living contrary to His will because to be walking with God means we are in harmony with God. God is always ready to walk with us but the most important question is that, are we ready to walk with God? Walking with God is like being in fellowship with God.
Deuteronomy 5:33 clearly emphasizes the purpose of the human life and the dreams of God about his creation. “You shall walk in the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.” The point of this verse is that if you walk in the way that the Lord commands, it’s going to go well. God will walk with us if we are obedient to His laws and statutes, but if we don’t, God declares “then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins” (Lev 26:24). Living a longer life can certainly be related to walking in obedience in the ways of God. It explains more emphatically in Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” God tells us through Micah that God requires at least three things of us; that we do what is right (doing justice), that we love in ways that display kindness, and that we remain humble when walking with God. If we fail at any of these three, then walking with God may not be possible. That doesn’t mean you’re not saved, but to be precise, having a character of fairness (justice), having a serving and loving attitude, and having true humility are three things that obviously please God. God can only walk with those who are in agreement with him and when a man’s ways please the LORD.
We cannot walk with God until we have first submitted to the will of God. Practical terms, walking with God means practicing the statutes and the laws of God in our day to day life. May God help us all to understand that Walking with God is the purpose of our life.
Rev. Dr. Salomon K.