Walking with Christ
1 Kings 18:22-29
22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good.” 25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. (NIV)
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (NIV)
The command to put to death the worldly nature refers to the practical nature of seeking and thinking about heavenly things. God’s word instructs us to seek Him, worship Him and live a life of walking with Christ.
Paul gives clear instructions to Christians about living faith in Christ. Since believers have been saved by Christ, they should not participate in the sins which traps unbelievers. Sexual immorality, jealousy, slander, and revenge are not to be part of the Christians life. Instead, believers should demonstrate compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. In the days of Elijah people were seeking to find other ways and desires that lead them to worship idols and practice ungodly habits. Elijah spoke to the people of Baal asking them to choose the Lord. When they choose Baal they found emptiness, destruction and no answers. Filling our minds with Scripture and acknowledging the “Godship” of God is a necessary part of renewing our walk with Christ. Until we turn from our idols and sins to the one true God, we will never find liberty, for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17).
The things I have tried that are not of God are fruitless and exhausting! Many times, I have found myself just going through the motions of loving and serving without God’s direction and leadership. When this happens, I discover I have no joy or fulfillment. Obedience to God is a better way of service. God sees how I spend my time. He watches what I invest in and He calls me constantly to turn away from my attempt to look good outwardly. A heart fixed firmly upon Him is the only thing He takes pleasure in.
I often allowed myself to be drawn and trapped into things I thought would make me happy but proved to be a snare. If I only would apply God’s grace in saying no to sin and yes to walking with Christ I would not experience pain and frustration in my life. If we are in Him, we don’t have to be in bondage--- we can be free. Rather than being drawn by our fleshly desires toward death, let us remember who saves us and choose life! God is available to help us resist temptation if we submit to Him. Confession of sin and obedience by walking with Christ are the steps of Blessing.