Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our Drunken Swagger

There is much talk about our "Faith Walk" or our "Walk with Jesus Christ" in the church today.

Not my favorite language, but allow my two cents.

A walk of faith is more like a drunken swagger. I hear Jesus' voice and try to come near him, but then I get distracted and wander off where I will. The voice of Satan cries as one in the wilderness saying, "Come, drink of my fruit and you shall have everything you would ask on this earth." And I am led astray. I see the thorns and thistles of this life and in my fallen mind think that these are the most glorious fruits a man can have. And even my own flesh falls on itself, too drunk on its own pride and vanity to even stand. The road cannot be completed and I am left in a world of misery and desert that bears no fruit and leads to eternal damnation.

But then the True voice of one crying in the wilderness rings forth. The voice of John the Baptist echoes through the land calling out for repentance and belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And Christ is at my side. He restoreth my soul and leadth me beside cool waters. He poureth down my gullet the sweet fruit of forgiveness in the softness of his Word, and the nectar of sweet communion. He cures the drunkeness and stagger and sets my feet on his holy and righteous path, bringing me safely out of the desert and into His new creation which is a land flowing with milk and honey.

And as I travel down the road. Satan, the World, and My Flesh entice me. And I drink and stagger and stumble and fall and wait for death. But, it does not come. For, Christ always comes to me.

+Christe Eleison+


Rev. Eric J Brown said...

I think here of Ephesians 2:8-10 (and not just because that is our Epistle lesson this upcoming Sunday) - our walk is a matter of walking in the works which God has prepared us for -- and our sinful flesh trying desperately to go anywhere but there.

But it's funny how Scripture's idea of walking is about love for the neighbor, while the pop idea is about your own personal you and Jesus time. Interesting.

Jay Hobson said...

Pastor Brown,

That's very true. It is very much about walking in the works prepared beforehand.

I think we even see this in the Old Testament. We see Enoch and Noah and others walking with God. To get technical, the hithpael tense indicates that with the word halaq, to walk, there is the sense of walking back and forth before God. Almost like a parade in front of the general to make sure everything is in tip top shape.

And thus, even the Aaronic Benediction applies here. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you, may the lord lift up his face upon you and give you peace.

God is looking upon his people. He sees them covered in the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ, thus the works prepared beforehand are pleasing in his sight.

The "walk" is a wholistic walk. It is a walk given (both in the forgiveness found in Christ, and in the works which were prepared for us to do) and sustained solely by Christ. We cannot walk before him without Christ, nor are the works pleasing. Thus, even here we do have Justification at the heart of every good "walk". :)