One of the things that we and others of like precious faith enjoy is the privilege of seeing the miraculous. Every service, we are given the opportunity to come in contact with the One who created us and the world we live in. Experiencing His Presence is a privilege that, unfortunately, we can come to take for granted. God’s Presence is so real, and so powerful, that we can forget that not everyone is aware of His Spirit. This syndrome is so common among Christians that many live with God without walking with God.
Now, I understand that that last sentence may have left you scratching your head a bit. After all, God is a spirit, right? How can you live with a spirit, much less walk with one? Let me put it more succinctly. Sometimes, we become so accustom to feeling the presence of God that we fail to respond to His touch. Additionally, when we go home, we fail to put godly things at the forefront of our attentions, choosing instead to focus on the minutia that surrounds us every day.
Galatians 5:25 admonishes us: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:1-10 elaborates this way:
“1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
So, although we are not saved by works (verse 8 and 9), God has ordained us to do more than just come to church and sit in a pew (verse 10). Part of walking with Jesus is forming our own convictions beyond those laid down by those in authority, and committing ourselves to the daily disciplines (praying, reading the Bible, showing kindness to others, etc.). This is how our Christianity switches from religion to relationship. When we take time every day to communicate with God, and to read His Word, it becomes easier for us to walk in the path that he has laid before us. If we become content with attendance and occasionally speaking in Tongues, our walk with God will not be fulfilling. It is only when we pursue a deeper relationship with God, lasting from Sunday to Sunday, instead of leaving Him at the church alter, that we will become aware of the power that we have and the deeper calling of Christ can be evident to us.