THE CONCEPT OF WALKING WITH GOD
Of Enoch, the father of the sixth generation after Adam, it is written that he “… walked with God (Gen 5:24) to which the Amplified Bible adds “in habitual fellowship,” which means that he exercised his walking with God so intensely that it became a never ceasing habit; a lifestyle. So intense was his fellowship with his Creator that He directed his footsteps to step from this world right into the world of glory without passing through the gate of death.
To penetrate into the depths of the meaning of this walking with God which Enoch had, seems to be beyond comprehension but what is very clear, is that there is a vast difference between walking with God and mere religiosity. All religions of this world teach that man has to toe the line in keeping certain rules and practices to please his god, whereas the Bible teaches right from the first chapter of Genesis that nothing will satisfy God but a close, close fellowship with every human being; a daily, habitual walk, a lifestyle of continual oneness with Him.
This is what we try to to establish in the lives of our students. This is true discipleship.
HOW DID JESUS, THE MASTER TEACHER, TEACH HIS DISCIPLES TO WALK WITH GOD?
BY SHOWING THEM THE FATHER
“He who has seen me, has seen my Father.” (Joh 14:9).
He showed them the power, authority, holiness and compassion of His Father:
His power by raising people from the dead and Himself being raised from the dead.
His authority in the way He spoke ( They answered, “No one has ever spoken like that man!”, Joh 7:46), by driving out hordes of demons from the possessed and by forgiving people their sins (When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5).
His compassion in healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, restoring sight to the blind and feeding those that were hungry.
His holiness: “Which of you is able truly to say that I am a sinner?” (Joh 8:46).
His wisdom in the way He answered the Pharisees: “Then he said to them, Give to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and to God the things which are God’s.” (Matt 22:21).
BY TEACHING THEM THE THOUGHTS (THE WORD) OF GOD
This we have dealt with in the previous chapter.
BY ENCOURAGING THEM
“So I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about food or drink, or about clothing for your body. Is not life more than food, and the body more than its clothing?” (Matt 6:25)
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luk 12:32)
BY CORRECTING THEIR WRONG BEHAVIOUR
“And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, do you want that we call fire to come down from heaven, and consume them? But he turned, and rebuked them.” (Luk 9:54,55)
“But he, turning to Peter, said, Get out of my way, Satan: you are a danger to me because your mind is not on the things of God, but on the things of men.” (Matt 16:23)
BY TEACHING THEM HOW TO PRAY
“And it came about that he was in prayer in a certain place, and when he came to an end, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, will you give us teaching about prayer, as John did to his disciples? And he said to them, When you pray, say, Father, may your name be kept holy and your kingdom come. …” (Luk 11:1, etc).