Living with Passion Begins with Walking

“She has such a passion for God . . . and I don’t. What’s wrong with me?”

Ever voiced that? I love when I’m asked this question, because this friend is grappling with their lack of fire or drive for God . . . and that is a good thing. Walking closely with God should be the driving purpose for every believer. And when we grow cold, we need to investigate why.

My quick answer to this question about passion comes with a question: How closely are you walking with God? How much do you desire to get up close and personal with Him?

All of Scripture is this: an invitation to walk with God. A call to know Him and be known by Him. God initiates and tenderly lays out the opportunity to come close and fellowship with Him, love Him, follow Him, walk with Him. We will not experience passion for Him without walking closely with Him.

How closely are you walking with Him today?

I love seeing glimpses of this in Scripture—people who walked with God. And we can learn from their experience. Want to take a quick journey with me and see what we can learn about cultivating a greater passion for God by walking closely with Him?

The first who walked with God were His original image-bearers: Adam and Eve.

In Genesis, we see God walk with man in the garden and give instructions and blessings (Genesis 1:28, 2:15–17). He walked with Eve and brought her to Adam, as a father walks his daughter down the wedding aisle to the waiting bridegroom (Gen. 2:22). And on a dark day, after the first couple turned in their hearts to disobey God, they heard Him walking in the garden.

But they didn’t walk with Him that day.

No, they hid. They didn’t run to God for companionship.

They hid.

We were made to walk with God, but sin isolates us from Him.

Sin drives us to hide from God.

What a clear lesson for us. Is walking with God more appealing than my sin?

When I’m tempted by sin, this is what I need to remind myself of:

There is no deeper experience of joy, no greater place of satisfaction, no sweeter mode for operating, than walking with God.

We get a hint about that a little further into the story.

Seven generations after the first man, another man walks with God. Enoch.

“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24)

His brief appearance in the Genesis genealogy only whispers of the intimate connection Enoch held with God. In the book of Hebrews we learn that he wore the mantle of being one who “pleased God.”

Imagine having that as your epithet, what you’re known by, posted on your Twitter feed: “This one is a pleasure to God.”

Some who walked with God, were unaware that they were in the presence of divinity. The two friends on the road to Emmaus thought He was merely an unobservant stranger passing by, until they walked with him a few miles. Their hearts began to burn as He spoke. He brought Scripture to life for them and as He broke bread and thanked the Father, their eyes were opened and they knew they’d walked with God (Luke 24:13–35).

God is inviting you to walk with Him today.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)

Is sin preventing you from an intimate walk with Him?

Is His heart pleased by walking with you?

Are you watching for Him as you walk through your day?

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