We talk about this often in Christian circles, but what does it mean in practical daily living? Yes, Christ is with us wherever we go and therefore He is walking with us, yet this is not it. To be mindful of Him as we go about our daily business or routes is part of it, however it is a small part. To have a daily walk with our Lord and Savior is to live our life by His strength moment by moment.
To often we focus on the big picture and try to care for things not yet come when all we need to do is take each step as Christ would. If we fail, then make it right and move on. This is what Christ would have done if He had failed. Each event in our life can be used to reflect how Christ would have done it, just as the bracelets in time past had inscribed: WWJD – What Would Jesus Do.
Of course when faced with temptation, Jesus did not sin, He did what God wanted Him to do and with the Holy Spirit, God, living within us, we too can choose to not sin as Christ did, although many believers sadly do not believe such. Scripture assures us we can: 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Is God a liar? Absolutely not! So then what did He say:
So we do we sin? If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is simple: we choose to! Just as the alcoholic chooses to return to the bottle or the druggy returns for a hit, we get our fix; we choose to sin! The is no hope for the alcoholic, druggy, sex crazed person until they openly, honesty, admit their addiction! So too is the sinner saved by grace without hope until we face the fact that we are responsible. Society is not at fault, our up-bringing is not at fault, God is not at fault for making us this way or that, the excuses we offer are not justified: I'm only human, no one's perfect except Christ, we won't be perfect until we get to heaven or the Devil made me do it etc., your excuse doesn't work either! Step up, own it, your sin is your fault, period!
With the excuses behind us, if you haven't admitted them or your holding on to your favorites, your wasting your time continuing to read this, and for those who have taken personal responsibility to own up to your own sin, here's the next step to a daily walk with Him: take each circumstance or situation and do what Jesus would do. Don't focus on tomorrow, rather on today, right now and then the next moment and so forth. That doesn't mean you don't take steps to plan. You do. If you know that certain people or places cause your to be weak, avoid them! Make an action plan to keep yourself free from temptation. This will not end temptation, but it will reduce it!
Step three, if faced with temptation, turn away, run if you need too! Ask God for His grace to overcome. God doesn't store up grace for us, He gives it to us exactly when we need it. If you do sin; repent to God and whomever else you've wronged. This will humble you and give you more of God's grace, which is God's divine influence and power. In the simplest terms, with each moment of our lives, DWJWD: Do What Jesus Would Do OR ask yourself WWJD and do it. A daily walk with our Savior is that simple! Again, we know Christ did not sin, however, what would He have done if He did? Jesus would go out of His way to make it right and that's what we do if we sin.
If we do this every time we face temptation or sin, we will grow in strength and faith. Our old self will be put to death and our new self will grow in the Lord. Our sinful habits will decrease and our godly habits will increase! Through doing the Word of God we grow more confident in God and we experience God's overwhelming deep joy!
One last thing, when you go to make it right with someone you've wronged, don't bring up what they did wrong and accepted their answer. They may not forgive you, but you're done what you were to do before the Lord. Let God work out the rest in His time. You can pray for them, but you can not force them to do what is right. It may take some time, remember Joseph's brothers who betrayed him? It was many, too many years later before they repented, but they did! Sadly, in some cases people have died prior to things being set right, yet in the end, God will set all things right. In the meantime, lets do our part to live for God and be a light in a dark world. In many cases, we will be the only Jesus others in this world will ever see! Live true to our Master, Jesus Christ!