Bianca Paola Gonzalez
What Walking with Jesus Means to Me
As I'm reconnecting with God, I'm learning what it means to walk with Jesus.
Today I'm opening up my little corner of faith to you. But first, a DISCLAIMER: I’m a christian in training, I'm not a perfect person, I’m still learning, I have many questions and disagreements, and I'm still trying to figure it all out. Yet, I’m pursuing Jesus and taking my time to build a relationship with him and perhaps, you can relate to that. Also, no matter what your beliefs are, YOU and EVERYONE is welcome here!
I reconnected with God during quarantine after five years of being distant. During that time, I began to read the Bible and get to know God more. Although I have a long way to go, what I’ve learned and am still learning is that:
Walking with Jesus means leaving our old life behind where we focus more on pleasing our flesh and the ways of the world (Titus 3:3; Ephesians 4:22-24). Instead, it is becoming a new creation by leaving our old life behind and living a new one led by God and being transformed from the inside out (Galatians 2:20-21)
Walking with Jesus is recognizing we are imperfect and broken people who need him to make our hearts complete and our lives meaningful, as nothing we can ever do here on this Earth will fully satisfy us (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).
Walking with Jesus is not perfect and it is not a promise of a perfect life. It doesn’t exclude us from troubles, sufferings, afflictions, loss, or temptations. However, walking with Jesus is knowing and trusting that our strength to overcome all of these things come from the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:13), who will be with us every step of the way (Isaiah 41:10)
Walking with Jesus is knowing and believing you are loved, forgiven, and worth it. God showed the greatest act of love to imperfect and undeserving people like us by sending his one and only son to die in the cross for us to have eternal life (John 3:16), not by our actions, but by grace (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Walking with Jesus is not a religion, but a relationship, a two-way-street and it surpasses our culture and our human ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). We can't demand God to do his part if we don't do ours. By sending his son, God invited us to become members of his family (1 John 3:1-3) and in return, he only asks for a chance to let him into our lives to build a relationship with us.
Walking with Jesus is exclusive, yet inclusive. Exclusive because we believe there’s only one God and one way to get to God, which is through Christ (John 14:6). It is also inclusive because God loves each and every single person he created. He welcomes all of us with open arms to become members of his household (Romans 8:15-17). God loves and accepts us as we are and doesn’t demand perfection, only a willing heart.
I could go on and on, but I’ll finish it off with this: walking with Jesus is working everyday to be just like him and emulate the life he lived as a human, for we were made in God’s likeness (Genesis 1:27). Scripture describes Jesus as fair, loving, merciful, humble, patient, compassionate, faithful, benevolent, and forgiving, among many other qualities (1 John 1:9; John 13:5; Psalm 86:15; Titus 3:4-7; Ephesians 2:4). The Bible is our guide to become more like Jesus and spread the kind of love he did while on this Earth with the help of the Holy Spirit, for “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). The world needs people who have these qualities, and who better to lead by example than Jesus?
If any of this resonated with you, I encourage you to read John or the passages I included here so that you may know who Jesus is. Walking with him is a process of finding our beat while dancing to the rhythm of a life guided by him, as he reveals his purpose for our lives to us.
Much love goes out to you, friends. Until next time!