“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
They were walking hand in hand … one hand was big while the other was very small. It was such a beautiful moment to see a father and his son walking through the parking lot on their way in to Bible Class and Worship services!
The little boy was struggling somewhat to keep up with his daddy’s bigger steps while the father was working at slowing his gait down slow enough for his son to keep up.
What was very clear was the fact that the little boy wanted to be walking alongside his daddy … and the father was so happy to have his son walking alongside of him!
Our lives are like that in a sense. We want to be closer to our God … we want to feel like we are walking in His presence … that we are near Him! Nearness to the Father is the desire of one who understands there is more to life than this world!
Walking with Him means having “fellowship” and a relationship with Him (1 John 1:7). Walking with Him says that we are living our lives near Him by being guided and influenced by His ways and will (Romans 6:16-18). Walking with Him means we are doing the very best we can to follow the example of Christ, obey His teaching and be the very best child of God that we can be!
The little boy needed his father’s help to make it from the car to the building … and so do we! We need God’s help, protection, reassurance, guidance and love! We need to know just how much our God loves us and wants us to walk with Him now and spend eternity with Him when our walk on this earth has ended.
The following illustration will hopefully help each of us to be willing to do our part in “drawing nearer” to God! As you read this story, keep in mind that our God is never too busy to hear our prayers, or tending to other things and being unmindful of us at any time!
“The dad came in from work, exhausted from a busy and hectic day. He was tired mentally and physically. He was not in a good mood when his son came up to him, hugged his leg and asked this question: ‘Dad, how much do you make?’ The dad looked down at his son with agitation prompted by his frayed nerves and said, ‘Enough!’
The son asked the same question again and this time the dad told his son to go to bed. One more time he asked … this time the dad gave his son a not-so-kind lecture and said, ‘$25 an hour.’
Now, a different request was made by the son, ‘Can I borrow $10?’ No! Now go to sleep.’ The next morning, the dad thought about his terseness and gave him the $10.
What followed next would make an indelible impression on the dad for the rest of his life. The boy excitedly rushed to his room and got his piggy bank off of the dresser. He carefully counted out all his pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that were inside the piggy bank. He then reached into his jeans pocket for the ten dollar bill, and said, “Here, Daddy. $25. Can I buy an hour of your time?”
Unlike the dad, our God always has time. He wants what is best for us! He wants what will ultimately enable each of us to be more like His Son, Jesus Christ! He wants to be able to say to each one of us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joys of thy Lord.”
How close are you to God? Rather than offering up the contents of your piggy bank, are you willing to offer your life, your will, your heart to Him?
Nearness to God is likeness to God!
Bill Fairchild, Jr.