God Created All Things
I know God loves the beauty of his creation. He loves a sunrise and sunset. He loves the way his stars are arranged. I’m sure he loves hearing the song of a whale singing in the ocean, a dolphin rising and falling on the surface of the waves. Oh, I’m sure he loves seeing the Eagle Soar, hearing a cardinal or mockingbird sing. Everything God made, he spoke into existence, and oh it was good.
But then, He formed Adam, out of the dust of the earth, with his own hand. He took Adam and breathed the breath of life into him and Adam became a living being. It was very good
The Lord planted a garden, a place for man to live and a place where God could walk with him.
Sadly, rather than walk in obedience and love, Adam and Eve sinned. And in Genesis 3:8, the Lord came walking in the garden, in the cool evening breeze, but Adam was hiding, and the Lord called out, where are you?
God wants to walk with us.
Enoch walked with God
Noah it seems was the ONLY man on earth who walked with God
Abraham walked before the Lord
The 12 Disciples were able to walk with him daily for 3 years. Along the most of his miracles and his teaching was while he walked with them.
Psalm 81:13 (CSB) – 13 If only my people would listen to me and… follow my ways,
From Genesis to the Revelation God wants us to walk with Him.
Henry Ford said, those who walk with God always reach their destination.
I’ve been preaching through Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae. The Series is “Only Jesus”. We learn that Jesus
He created all things
He sustains all things
He rules all things
He died to pay the debt for our sin
He is shaping us, changing us, and he will present us holy and blameless in glory
And Therefore, we are living a new way. We are seeking to make every part of our lives an act of Worship
I define Worship as An Expression of Adoration to the Object of our Affection
So, ANYTHING For Him, for His Glory Can be Worship.
A.W. Tozar says our goal should be lives of “unbroken worship”.
What does God want? He wants us to Walk with Him.
IN Colossians 3:24 Paul says, ” You Serve The Lord.” and this transition in 4:1 tells leaders and influencers to Act Justly, and Fairly since you too have a Master in Heaven
And We are invited to…
Walk With The Master
There is more to this than just “be a good boss”. There is an underlying principle for Life, walk with Jesus.
Adam and Eve got us ALL “off track”, because when we stopped obeying God we rejected that we had a Master in Heaven who simply wants To WALK WITH US.
Does this instruction sound like an Old Testament Foundationally Familiar Instruction? It did to me and I couldn’t get away from it.
How do we make life “unbroken worship”?
We WALK WITH THE LORD
Why did God bless David, even though he was flawed and often failed? It was that David Walked with the Lord. Yes, he fell down, but he Got Up.
When Solomon became King, God told him in 1 Kings 3:14 “If you walk in my ways and keep my statues and commands just as your father David did, I will give you long life”
Even the “boss” has a Boss – the kyrios has a Kyrios, capital K
He is telling us to act justly, faithful, not overly impressed with our position, humble before our master… Look Up… Our MASTER is in Heaven
A leader joins God in his Work… so here’s where that took me…
Micah 6:6–7 (CSB)
6 What should I bring before the Lord when I come to bow before God on high? Should I come before him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves? 7 Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousand streams of oil? Should I give my firstborn for my transgression, the offspring of my body for my own sin?
What is the worship that God requires?
Offerings, Sacrifices? When is Enough, Enough?
God wants us to walk with him, it’s all he has EVER wanted.
Sin separated us from our WALK with the Master in the breeze of the evening, the dew of the morning, the heat of the day.
Jesus left Heaven and came to earth to walk with US.
should I give my firstborn for my transgressions?
NO, God gave HIS Only SON for our sin. As his child, his servant, redeemed by the one and only son of God, what does God want?
Micah 6:8 (CSB)
8 Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.
“Mankind” – Y’all, Everybody – that word is “adam”
When did he tell us?
Deuteronomy 10:12–13 (CSB)
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in all his ways, to love him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul? 13 Keep the Lord’s commands and statutes I am giving you today, for your own good.
Deuteronomy 30:15–16 (CSB)
15 See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 For I am commanding you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and multiply, and the Lord your God may bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
This is the way to a successful society, to a life pleasing to the Lord
- To Act Justly
ACT = manufacture, make – He isn’t asking if we FEEL it, but telling us to DO it.
Isaiah 56:1 (CSB)
1 This is what the Lord says: Preserve justice and do what is right, for my salvation is coming soon, and my righteousness will be revealed.
Walk with me
Jeremiah 22:3 (CSB)
3 This is what the Lord says: Administer justice and righteousness. Rescue the victim of robbery from his oppressor. Don’t exploit or brutalize the resident alien, the fatherless, or the widow. Don’t shed innocent blood in this place.
Oh my goodness, let’s turn off the news feeds, stop following the political pundits and walk with God, hear and do
Jesus told the Pharisees, and ANY “religious folks” in Matthew 23.23 – be careful, there is hypocrisy when we do our religious expression to the Nth degree, but we neglect the more important matters Jesus said. What was more important he said justice, mercy, and faithfulness
Praise God, he gives us Grace, but guess what? He expects us to be people that DO RIGHT, walk with him in the fields of Grace, the ways of mercy.
Wait, did you hear what Jeremiah said back there? Rescue the victim… from the oppressor… don’t exploit the alien… fatherless… widow
The people of God were always intended to be a safe place for “aliens”.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower, a place for people to run and be safe, and we bear the NAME of the LORD. Are we a place of safety for people in need of direction, provision, protection?
Act Justly and…
- Love Faithfulness
It says LOVE – that’s action, a verb
Love Faithfulness – hesed = deeds of kindness, a joint obligation, a covenant of love
We have an obligation to PEOPLE, because of our obligation to the Master in Heaven
Romans 13:8 (CSB)
8 Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
This is an obligation
- Walk Humbly with your God
Ephesians 4:1 (CSB)
1 Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received,
Paul, from confinement, tells us to ALWAYS Continue to walk with the Lord
Colossians 1:10 (CSB)
10 …walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God,
Walk Humbly WITH… YOUR – This is about God, and it isn’t a mystery
Isaiah 66:2 (CSB)
2 My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. This is the Lord’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at my word.
Isaiah 57:15 (CSB)
15 For the High and Exalted One, who lives forever, whose name is holy, says this: “I live in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and lowly of spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the oppressed.
Yes, our Lord is exalted, holy, eternal… but he has come down to the oppressed and lowly… to Lift Up, Revive, and Renew our Hearts
There are HOT Issues right now, and whether it is “alien” at the border, or homeless, abandoned women and children, or race issues, we, the church, need to focus on CHURCH, PEOPLE of God issues. We are NOT a political group we are the people of God. Yes, VOTE, YES hold our political leaders accountable, be personally involved in politics if the Lord so calls, BUT these are Gospel Opportunities and we need to seize these moments.
Sadly, we are often caught up defending politics and fearful of losing some “ground” or perceived territory, and we lose sight of the basic, “mankind” expectations of God. If we would focus on what GOD requires then we would…
And Guess what happens when we DO those basic things?
We will look up and realize … “wait, I have God’s Hand, I am walking with God”
Well, let me leave you with something very practical.
You might ask, how do I hear his voice, and take his hand and walk with him?
- Pray and Listen – prayer isn’t conversation if we aren’t talking and listening. And what did your momma tell you? Two ears, One mouth, listen twice as much as you talk
- Read His Word, Read His Word, and Read His Word – one of the most important principles for discerning God’s leading, is knowing what he has said, what he has done, what he has promised, and knowing his Character. Then when you think you are hearing God, if it doesn’t match up with his Word and his Character, if you can’t find it in his past or his promises, chances are you are not hearing God.
- Do What He Does – If we are praying, learning, and then doing the deeds of God, we are WALKING With God.
We have sons, and we taught them to walk. I taught them to play sports. We taught them to love the things we love. We taught them to love people and love ministry. We took them with me on mission trips and ministering to the needy. And you know what, our sons, learned to “walk that way.”
Now they are grown, and away from us, but they are still “walking with me”. Along the way, walking with me, they became my friends.
When we Walk with God, in Justice, Faithfulness, and Love, we find God’s pleasure and the purpose of being what God always intended, that we would be his friends.
God made a promise to Abraham, and Abraham joined God walking by Faith and James 2:23 says
Abraham was a Friend of God