|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - August 2007|
Walking with Jesus
If we want to live fulfilled Christian lives walking with Jesus, we must walk like Jesus. Walking with Him means walking in His steps. Let us have enough faith in Him to trust him to lead us, to show us how to walk. What Jesus wants most from us is that we walk in His ways and reflect His love by loving others enough to show them also how to walk with Him and like Him. It is only by being close to Him that we begin to see His face and feel His presence in our lives.
All Christians must seek the strength to walk with Jesus and like Jesus.
Listen to what Prophet David said in the Psalm for us:
"Seek the face of God at all times and be strengthened" (Psalm 10:5)
For what purpose are we to be strengthened? Following Christ, that is, walking in His ways, is not always an easy thing. The world tempts us away from godly ways. But Jesus came not only to save us for ourselves; He came to save us for others, for all humanity. To walk in His ways means we must carry out His order to us as Christians, as His disciples in the world. Walking with Him means we become His partners in the world's salvation. He has given us the duty, the obligation to bring others along on the journey.
If we walk with Him, He will help us when we fall. He will help us to overcome our human weaknesses; he will guide us in His ways. He will increase our ability to carry out the task He has set for us, which is to bring the entire world to Him. This is the Christian mandate. It is the carrying out of this assignment that gives our lives meaning, that makes the journey to Christ and with Christ worthwhile. As we are walking with Him and like Him, each relationship, every encounter and event becomes special in our lives.
According to St. Matthew, there was a man who had been paralyzed for many years. He was entirely dependent on others. In many ways, we are all dependent on others. This man's friends were willing to help him by carrying him around on a portable bed. When he asked his friends to carry him to Jesus so that he might be healed, they obliged him. Read St. Matthew 9: 1-8.
We as Christians are obliged to carry others to Christ. That is the single most important order that we have been given as Christians. How do we do this? Not everyone needs to be physically transported. But a great many people, including our immediate family, our friends and neighbors do not yet know Christ. They have never walked with Him; they have never even felt the need to walk in His ways.
We can bring them to Christ through our own example as we walk in His ways. We must reach out to them. We must lead them and we must carry them if necessary. Because Christ has carried us and will continue to carry us through all eternity if only we will let Him, if only we will strive to walk in His ways.
And thus will we be healed and also those others we bring to Him.
Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
Let us now take our first steps and walk with Jesus with love and having faith.
May God bless your journey, as you discover the great joy of knowing and walking with Jesus Christ. Amen.
Peace to your soul!
Humbly in our Risen Lord,+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you and with you!
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