What does it mean to walk daily with the Lord?
How many hours in prayer must one spend? How many hours should one plan for reading and studying God’s word? What about reaching others for Jesus? How many conversations must one have to be faithful?
If you struggle with questions like this in your own personal walk, or wonder if you are trying to do too much or perhaps too little each day in your walk with the Lord, I hope you will keep reading!
I asked several Christians to describe their walks with the Lord in hopes to gain some insights on the wide variety among believers. Some are pastors or served in ministry and the others have been walking with the Lord for many years.
In all of the answers I received, there was a common thread. Everyone mentioned these four aspects of their walks in some manner: Bible intake, prayer, community with other followers of Jesus, and serving others. Interestingly, if we look at the life of Jesus in the Gospels, we see him walking with the Father in these exact same ways. Many of those I asked, also spoke about living with a biblical perspective that keeps them centered on Christ. What follows here will consider a biblical perspective needed for daily walking with Jesus and then subsequent posts will address the four other aspects of their walks.
I received descriptions like, “an upward gaze,” “a daily fight with my own will and wants,” or “learning to see his presence everywhere throughout the day.” In Colossians 3:2 we are instructed to set our minds on the things above. In the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6) we see first to focus on the Father’s Kingdom and not necessarily on only what we can see and touch. In many other places, we are shown that a walk with the Lord is built upon a biblical perspective of our daily walks living in a fallen world but within a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Funny thing, when we become Christians we don’t have all of our beliefs or worldly ways simply taken away. This life is a process of conforming more and more into the image of Christ and transforming our minds to the mind of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
If throughout your day you are not reminding yourself of the truth and the reality that there is more going on than what our eyes can see, you are missing an opportunity to tune your heart to see the Lord. If throughout your day you are not acknowledging that you must fight to see God instead of being dragged down by your own sin and worldliness, then you may not know the extent of your own need of God every moment. If you cannot or don’t see God in all kinds of various ways throughout the day, you may need to adjust your spiritual glasses and take upon your walk a new rhythm of pondering his presence and activity in your life.
Perspective is a funny thing. For many Christians I speak with and counsel, they have at times lacked faith that God was really present in their lives. There can be a constant wondering if he is pleased with them or even there. In many of these moments, perspective is what they lack. And the evil one knows this and pursues those as easy targets. If he can get our eyes off of the Cross, off of the Father’s constant love of His followers, and off the reality that the Holy Spirit is at work all around us, he can stop us before we even start.
Part of perspective is setting our hearts and minds upon who Jesus has said that we are as his followers. We have promises about our new identity as Christians. A worldly perspective works against this biblical perspective. Meditating on truths like complete forgiveness and reconciliation with God through Christ is huge. Reminding yourself that you are loved by God despite your sin can lead to the difference between living for Jesus, or failing day after day. The point? If you aren’t believing who you are in Jesus and in this Kingdom, the evil one will see you as easy prey. If your mind isn’t being renewed biblically in this perspective you will struggle. You may live each day in guilt that you haven’t done what you know you should be doing each day. Christ said that his burden was light. How is carrying around guilt for all the things you feel you should be doing light? My suspicion is that the evil one, who rules with condemnation, and who is craftier than you, is working hard to create a cycle of doubt and guilt one day, seeds of freedom and apathy the next, then law and resolution the next. ’Round and ’round we go.
Until we adjust our hearts and minds to the truth, we will never walk with the Lord in both truth and grace, knowing that it is Jesus who accepts us and the Spirit who accomplishes things within us, and the Father who has placed us at his table and calls us his own. We may do Christian things, but we will not worship as Christ intended or live the life that is possible for us to partake in. Biblical perspective must rule our hearts.
Is Biblical perspective all one needs? Of course not. Thinking and knowing must be followed with action. However, without the renewing of our minds even our best intentions to walk with the Lord could be clouded with incorrect theology or a bad understanding of the way of Christ. I would argue that Biblical perspective—centering our lives around the God of our salvation—is the point, and without it our daily walks can wax and wane between law and total freedom to live however we feel in the moment. And we will see next that the way we live in biblical perspective is directly tied to these four other practical aspects of our walk.
How do you lead others in Biblical Perspective?
- Grow in it yourself – we are guilty so often of leading people to do things that sound right but we ourselves aren’t being faithful in.
- Pray regularly for those under your care.
- Talk about it. Don’t assume it is common sense. Consider it a regular topic to revisit.
- Have them look up scriptures that demonstrate a biblical perspective verse an anti-biblical perspective.
- Assign them older Christians to get lunch with and ask them questions about what they have learned.
Four Broad Areas of our Christian Walks
For now, this is all we will cover. The other four aspects that we see Jesus living in will be covered in subsequent posts. In the meantime, pursue to have the Bible, prayer, community, and service as a part of your regularly daily/weekly routine. But how often should you be doing each of these? Is your conviction based upon the Word or a law you have developed for yourself or received from others?
How has perspective shaped your daily life for the good or bad?
What questions do you have about living with biblical perspective?
How has leading others helped you gain clarity on biblical perspective?
What would you add to this conversation?