2005-05-10 - I Walk Alone
John 8:16, "...for I am not alone in it..."
Here is a new one. And I am giving up who I really am here. I am a Puritan, but I also confess that this is mixed with being a modern rocker, and such is life. Most of those who read these devos fall somewhere in the middle, but I hit the two extremes. "I walk alone" is from a band, even a popular band, named Green Day. They have been around for a bit, but I like this line from this song; "My only friend is my shadow," and there is so much in that statement, or line, of that song. We all can feel like we walk alone, and yet if we are in Christ, we don't need to feel that way. It is the great comfort for everyone that rests in Christ. If we are in Christ, we don't walk alone.
Our only friend is not our shadow. We might have a bunch of friends, and I hope we all do, but we don't walk alone. If we rest in Christ, we have an unmatched friend. In Christ, we have a matchless friend. Christ is a better friend than our shadow. I think we all can go for this, but I want to make it as plain as I can. In Christ, there is a true friend. In Christ, there is someone who is more than a shadow. In Christ, we do not walk alone. If you have read these devos for any time, you know how much I plead with you to rest in Christ. I really mean it. It is all our hope and trust. It is Christ alone. But this was just a warm-up for what I really want to say.
We have to read Scripture. We have to be students of the Bible. This is where we learn the importance of resting in Christ, His atonement for sin, and our need for repentance and confession. If we don't do this we are fools. If you are new to the Christian faith, I would suggest you start with the book of John in the Scriptures. Start where you want, but John 3 is a great place to start. If you have been in this Christian game for a bit, I would suggest working (memorizing) the epistles. Galatians, Ephesians, Phillipians, Colossians, are great places to work with, for those of you who already hold to faith in Christ.
It blows my mind how those who rest in Christ don't seem to make God's Word a huge part of their life. It is like walking alone. It is as if, as believers, we have no shadow. I can't tell you how much it seems like believers don't get into the Word of God. I can hear it in the prayers, but I can also acknowledge it in what they say. And yea, I admit, sometimes I let a curse fly, never taking the Lord's name in vain, but it is rare, maybe once or twice a year, and I slip, but I hear a lot of Christians, who call themselves Christians, cursing their brains out, and it bugs me. How can you name the name of Christ and not live up to a higher standard? I am not trying to set myself as an upscale Christian, with an "I've got it all in order," standard, but we have to live up to our faith. And I admit I can't. I try, and I rest in Christ alone. And that is why I can say, I don't walk alone. My shadow is Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria,