The Endpoint

We walk and we walk. We stumble and get back up and walk some more. We keep on walking.

Why?

Because there is a goal, a destination, and there is no other way to arrive.

The alternative to walking is drifting. Drifting will cause us to arrive at the wrong destination. We must walk with purpose.

We agreed to walk on God’s path, no matter what. He agreed to walk with us and to be present with us forever.

It’s a good agreement.

Stories

Religious tradition has by and large encouraged us to take the Bible seriously rather than to enjoy it, but the paradoxical truth of the matter may well be that by learning to enjoy the biblical stories more fully as stories, we shall also come to see more clearly what they mean to tell us about God, man, and the perilously momentous realm of history.

Robert Alter

Not the Only Walker

Sometimes it seems a lonely walk.

It helps to know that many have walked this path before me, and others are at various places along the path, ahead of me and behind me.

More importantly, it helps to know that the Pioneer, who blazed the trail, went this way first. And he sent a Coach to help me and walk with me, though he is often quiescent.

I must keep walking.

Bold Confidence

We walk with bold confidence. We may not know where we are going, but we trust that God has placed us on the right road to the right place. We trust him implicitly.

We trust him even though we may never see the outcome of what we are trusting him for. Loyalty demands it.

We trust him even when it seems as though he had abandoned us. We must keep walking even when it is nearly impossible. We are sworn to it.

When we continue walking, we are helping God accomplish the goal he has set. Helping him is more important than helping ourselves. The reward is in being with God, not against him.

Don’t Turn Back

A couple days ago I likened the Christian life to walking. We have to keep walking if we want to get where we are going.

There are reasons we might be tempted to turn back:

  • the road ahead is rocky and steep
  • we turned an ankle
  • we got a summons to return home
  • the trip no longer seems worth the effort

Well, these things happen. That us why we need one another to keep pushing us on. Today I might be weak and need your encouragement. Tomorrow you might be the weak one.

We must keep walking and we must not turn back. Our loyalty and commitment to God in Christ demands it. Our present troubles are insignificant. Keep moving.

Community

This spiritual community can take at least two forms. (1) The foundational assembly is that of a local body of believers, meeting together regularly for fellowship around the Word and worship of God. The person who asserts that God can be known, worshiped, and followed “out in nature” apart from the church knows little of Scripture, church history, or true Christian experience. Thus, we are called to gather together regularly for encouragement and accountability. We must not forsake this aspect of the Christian life.

(2) The other form that Christian fellowship can take is that of spiritual friendships, friendships that transcend the boundaries of individual local churches. Most Christian gatherings of the first century were in house churches, which existed in a network reaching throughout a given city. Therefore, we may find meaningful fellowship with like-minded believers outside our immediate church group. Bible study fellowships, accountability groups, and times over coffee or tea should be encouraged as long as they are doctrinally sound and do not detract from one’s commitment to the local church. Such groups can be wonderfully enriching and supporting for the Christ-follower. These relationships can enhance our sense of community with the broader body of Christ as we seek to live each day in light of the great Day of Christ’s return.

Therefore, as I begin to seek to apply Hebrews 10:24–25, I might ask myself: “To whom in the body of Christ am I giving encouragement this day or this week by my presence, my actions, and my words? Am I receiving encouragement by remaining faithful to my association with the body of Christ?” Such reflection, when followed with action, serves as a foundation stone for healthy Christian living.

George Guthrie, Hebrews, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998), 353.

Keep Walking

In Christ, I believe I have found the path to God. There is no need for me to keep looking for the path.

What does remain, however, is for me to walk on that path. I must not turn back and I must keep moving. I would love to walk the path with a likeminded group of friends, but whether or no, I will keep walking.

Blood

How do we handle blood?

Some Christians seem to view the actual blood of Jesus as a magical substance that they can plead, like an incantation.

Most of us see in the blood of Jesus a symbol of his death. He died for us, somehow.

Many in our culture would see that view as barbaric. It certainly is a stumbling block. And the reputation of blood is not enhanced by the those who very publicly insist on a extreme for of penal substitution.

What does Jesus’ blood mean to you?

Sprint

I’m not sure how what I think of the new way some of the F1 grids are set: by a qualifying sprint race the day before the Grand Prix. But I do know for sure that a sprint race is more fun to watch than another free practice session.