The Personal Challenge to Walk as He Walked

by Lee Buford on June 1, 2010

Thinking can be dangerous for some of us, and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past couple of weeks.   

Some of it could be chalked up to random occurrence, if you believe in such. I don’t. I believe that God carefully orchestrates things to draw focus and attention to certain parts of His Word and calling on our lives, all to encourage and challenge us in a particular direction of action.   

For me this area has been the gospel…not the part of the gospel you might expect, the doctrines and texts relative to salvation, but rather the rest of the gospel. More specifically, not the part of the gospel that prepares us for the next life, but rather the part that orders our steps in this one.   

Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

– 1 John 2:6 – ESV   

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading several books, have listened to several sermons, and have read numerous blog posts…all of which have consistently challenged me with the same questions for which I must provide responses:   

  • What are you doing right now to make a difference?
  • What are you doing in this life to SHOW others who Jesus is?
  • What are you doing to encourage other brothers and sisters along the same path?

I plan to explore these questions, my responses, and the sources from which God has challenged me in several upcoming posts. My hope is that you might be challenged to look inward as I have been…that you might be encouraged to take on a larger role for our King and His kingdom in THIS life, in the very days, weeks, and months ahead. My prayer is that you and I would start NOW!   

The preaching and audible sharing of the gospel is critical, but we must also remember that our actions, our very lives, are visible evidences of the gospel in practice, and they often speak volumes more than our words could ever relate. Saint Francis of Assisi conveyed this idea, saying: 

“Preach the gospel always; when necessary use words.”   

How has God challenged you to preach the gospel through your own life and actions?









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