“Did you notice the new crosswalk down the street on Main by Hoover?” Stan began.
“I haven’t been by there lately,” I responded.
“Well,” Stan replied, “they put in a new crosswalk and a light to help pedestrians get across the street safely.”
Continuing, he said, “I was standing there the other day waiting for the light to change so I could cross the street. I was reminded of what the apostle John wrote in his first letter.”
“And before you ask,” Stan said with a smile, “he was not writing about crosswalks and pedestrian lights!”
“What did he write?” I asked.
“John wrote about walking in the same manner as Jesus walked,” Stan replied. “And I think it is important to remember, as one person put it, that Jesus was what God looked like walking around on two legs!”
“And doesn’t it say somewhere,” I asked. “that Jesus said He is the light of the world?”
“You’re right, my friend,” Stan replied. Jesus is recorded as saying that in John’s gospel.”
“So,” I asked, “if Jesus is the light of the world, and we are to walk in the same manner He walked if we say we belong to Him, would it be kind of fair to say that Jesus is in charge of the light that tells me when and how to walk?”
“I do think that’s a fair way to put it,” Stan replied. “Walk as He says to walk. Don’t walk when He says not to walk!”
Concluding, he said, “When the light says, ‘Do not walk’, I am to wait. I am not to go on across the street however I want. I am to wait until the Light says to walk. Then I am to walk in the same way He did, following the lead of the Holy Spirit.”
“Lots of signs pointing to ‘Walk’ and “Do Not Walk’!”
The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:6.
Again therefore Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you provide all of the directions I need in order to walk with you as you intend as long as you keep me on this side of eternity. I confess that too often I choose to not walk in accordance with your directions, but I choose to walk on my own apart from you. Please forgive me. And please help me in following your lead so that I walk only in the way you intend, when you intend. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Things to think (and journal) about:
1. What is your biggest take-away from this devotional?
2. What does this devotional say about God and about us as His people?
3. What is God saying to you to do personally?
4. Who can you share this with to make a difference?
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