So Jesus is real. Now what?
By Don Strain, Lay Evangelist
My young daughter came down to breakfast one morning hunched over, walking with shuffle.
“Honey! What’s wrong?” I asked.
“Nothing,” she replied, looking at me like I was crazy.
“Why are you walking like that?” I asked.
“I’m walking like Jesus,” she simply stated.
“But why are you hunched over?”
“Dad,” she said, with a resigned sigh, “because He’s 2,000 years old!”
A Simple Answer
As I shared in my last post, I had come to the realization that Jesus was a REAL person. But I struggled to understand what He wanted of me.
During a session with my new Bible study group, God gave me abundant clarity.
We were studying 1 John 2 when I felt a sudden rush came over me, forcing me to ask for the verses to be read again, to make sure I heard correctly.
Everyone at the table stopped and looked at me (they later told me there was an obvious aura surrounding me), and verses 3-6 were read a second time:
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
There was the answer I had been seeking. All I had to do was to “walk in the same manner as He walked.”
I didn’t have to worry about all the things I was trying to figure out, because they would figure themselves out, IF I walked like Jesus!
I did not know much about the transformative experiences of others, nor about what happened to the first Christians, who “were pierced to the heart” and “kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place.” (Acts 2:37, 43)
But I DO know this -- at that moment, I was overcome with a sense of intense and pure joy like never before.
It was a joy I can only describe as supernatural, filling EVERY place of my being, such that all worries, fears and worldly pleasures completely faded in relation to it.
Nine years later it has not faded in the least (As to “wonders and signs,” more on that later).
That’s what I try to do now, to “walk like Jesus.” I may stumble, but the best thing about trying is that you just get up and start walking again.
Even if it is in a hunched over shuffle!