walking_togetherHas anyone ever asked you to go for a walk?  It’s not really about the walk is it?  It’s about “being with.”

The God of the Bible is a God who wants to “be with” you.  You were made to walk with God.  You were made for a “with God” life.

One day Jesus made a staggering claim.  In John 15 he says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

I am the vine; you are the branch.

Now you’re going to bear fruit.  You’re going to do wonderful things in your life, but your job is not to try to do wonderful things; your job is to abide in the vine, which is Jesus, from one moment to the next.  “If you don’t do that,” Jesus says, “nothing much will come out of your life.”

There’s just one thing a branch is supposed to do.  Did you catch the word?  It’s “Remain.”  I love the older translation of this word.  It’s abide.  We could say “Be With.”

As we prepare to surrender everything that we are so God can use every part of our lives, I think it’s important to remember: God wants to walk with us before He works through us.

God says in Micah 6:8 that what he desires for us is, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

He wants us to walk with Him.

He wants us to “be with” Him.

When I evaluate my life there’s way too much “me trying” and not enough “me abiding.”

This was redacted and edited a bit from a longer article by Pete Wilson … you can visit Pete at withoutwax.tv/