Last night in my scripture reading, I noticed an interesting pattern concerning the Holy Spirit in relation to our spiritual walk with Him. I was reading in the eighth chapter of Romans verse one through fourteen. During this discourse of freedom, Paul gives four striking sentences that stand as a challenge to Christians everywhere. He describes “those who walk … after the Spirit…, they that are after the Spirit do mind the things of the Spirit…, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also resurrect your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you, and as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” verses 1, 4, 11, 14 respectively. We are challenged to a progression of growth. We are challenged to walk, then to be mindful or focussed on the Spirit, and then to be dwelt, or filled by the Spirit, and lastly to be led by the Spirit. And this path is circular because once we find ourselves being led, He leads us right back to another walk, a new direction, a greater dimension of growth, and the cycle begins all over. It just keeps getting better and better.
When I hear the word walk in terms of Christianity, I often think of Psalm 1:1. “How Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the mockers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law does he meditate day and night.” This is the person who never stops pursuing the good life of the Lord and His ways. He is constantly walking toward the kingdom, day and night. In fact, the description of “day and night” simply implies all of this earthly life. Not so with many modern folk. Today’s mantra is the same as the age-old saying, “let us eat and drink for tomorrow we may die.” People want satisfaction and pleasure now. They want fulfillment now, with no thought of the after life and eternity. But the believer, those who walk after God, must follow the Spirit’s call to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Those who will please God will accept delayed gratification as a means to a better life in the future. This kind of discipline brings the next step in the journey, and that is a focussed mentality.
“Thou Shalt Keep in Perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
Imagine such a promise from God as that! Yet, He made it, and keeps it. The key to it all is walking after His Spirit with a focussed mind on Christ. As we walk, we must listen. It’s just that simple. Take long walks with our Father and stop flapping our gums, rather tune in our ears, and hearts—an listen. Because—it is in those times when He begins to speak that we come to a greater realization that He is speaking from within, a place He has taken up residence; and we come to know we are abiding in Christ and He with and in us. When this happens, it is an amazing moment, and the Father has many of them planned for us. When we do experience this kind of presence, we also learn one more fact, we have become the sons and daughters of the Most High. Who would not want to walk down this path?