As believers, we get the chance to be walking images of Jesus, but does your life and WALK actually align with what you say and post?
Now Walk It Out Like Jesus
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10
Have you ever heard a word, a sermon, an encouragement, a video, were inspired by it, and moments later it became a distant thought that sat there, stagnant and stale?
If you are not raising your metaphorical hand right now, I think you might be kidding yourself. I know I have two hands up in the air.
I can think about all the facts I have heard through the grapevine or in my own research about fast food and sugar and its impact on our bodies. But I still find myself reaching for unhealthy, sugary foods! I can think about the verse that says, “do not worry about ANYTHING” (Matthew 6:25-34). So then why do I still worry? I can think about the importance of getting 8 hours of sleep a night. Yet still, I struggle. This list goes on and on.
But then on the other side of the spectrum, have you ever heard a word, sermon, video, etc. and then found yourself completely moved by it that you couldn’t help but do something about it?
Think about the movements we have seen rise up in the middle of everything our culture is going through – Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, the ‘Me Too’ movement, marches and campaigns for school shootings. Think about all the other voices, bloggers, non-profits, and ministries that are being created. And those are just the things that we can see and quantify! I know from the community that I live in people who are stepping into the big, hard conversations, even though some topics may be taboo, we are walking into them.
And THOSE are the women of God that I want this community of women to be about. The people who put action to feelings. Who feel a prompting on their hearts and listen. Who feel uncomfortable in an environment and say something about it.
When we speak up, when we stand up, lives are transformed and culture is shifted.
These are the sort of women that I want our community to be fostering every day.
Each of us was created on purpose, with a purpose and when we do not walk it out we are withholding ourselves from what the Lord intended us to experience as well as withholding the world from what God has called us to share with them. It is a double-edged sword.
So what will it take for ME, for YOU, for US to WALK IT OUT? To walk out our faith with passion, and dedication, and fervor and excitement, through the highs and the lows and the mundane?
If you ask me, I think it will take a whole lot of walking alongside our Father.
Jesus Walked It Out, And So Should We
When Jesus left heaven for earth, it wasn’t because He needed a vacation (I can imagine Heaven is a place you never want to leave). He left Heaven for us, for our friends, our neighbors, our enemies, and the people across the globe we don’t know. He came down to earth to free us from the chains of sin and shame. He came to give us an intimate relationship with Jesus and life eternal with Him in Heaven.
And you know what His mission was on earth before going to the cross and heading back to be with His Father in Heaven?
To demonstrate and be an example of how to walk out faith in love to everyone He met.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” – Ephesians 5:1-2
Jesus walked hand in hand, hip to hip, with His Father every second of every day and because of that deep intimate relationship our world was TRANSFORMED and CHANGED.
I believe our generation can do the same if we too strive to walk intimately with our Father.
There are PLENTY of people in this world who can talk a good talk, like or follow a Christian IG account here and there, and woo and impress others but a much smaller handful of people who actually put those things to action.
Where do you fall?
Are you a talker or are you a walker?
Let’s Be Walkers
Ladies, the people I want you and me to be are walkers. Each and every one of us has been created on purpose for a purpose, and when this truth is coupled with faith and belief in the Lord God and the Holy Spirit you have NO idea what will happen inside of yourself and how you will impact those around you because of your internal transformation.
However, this does not come easy. From my own life experiences, and stories I have heard from friends, walking out your faith is HARD:
- Walking with Jesus is against the cultural grain.
- Walking with Jesus puts a target on your back from the enemy.
- Walking with Jesus means standing up and potentially alone when the crowd does things that you do not want to partake in.
- Walking with Jesus takes risk and trust and faith.
- Walking with Jesus means being bold even in the face of adversary.
- Walking with Jesus means a wholehearted dedication to something bigger than yourself and something you might not always understand in the moment, but something you must hold onto in faith.
Following Jesus won’t be easy, but it will always be worth it. And wherever you are on that journey, we want to be here to walk alongside you as Jesus does. He knows your pace, and He doesn’t expect you to go any faster than the pace. Walking with Jesus doesn’t have to mean starting a non-profit or another organization. Walking with Jesus could mean that in a certain season, but above everything else, it means if you claim to “know Him” then you best be putting into practice what you are preaching.
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” – 1 John 2:4-6
Let’s be women who put into practice what we read, study and learn, and see our own mindset and culture around us change because of it. If we claim to know Jesus, then let’s walk in that manner!
Our Walk It Out Series
So you have the excitement, the fervor, the expectancy to walk out your faith and do what God has called you to do, but then life hits and earthly situations arise and you really just don’t know what to do.
- How do I walk out my faith while traveling?
- How do I walk out my faith at work?
- How do I walk out my faith at Church?
- How do I walk out my faith when I don’t have plans?
- How do I walk out my faith at school?
- How do I walk out my faith in a relationship?
- How do I walk out my faith with my family?
- How do I walk out my faith in an environment surrounded by non-Christians?
- How do I walk out my faith in friendship?
These are all questions we’ve answered in our “Now Work It Out” series! Our hope is for this series to be inspirational, practical, and remind you of the importance of walking out your faith. We want to provide scripture, real-life advice, questions for self-reflection, and actions to actually implement into your life to WALK IT OUT.
Ladies, each and every one of you is a powerful woman of God who has an incomprehensible amount of potential and influence inside of you. It is time to start releasing that through the power of God and the Holy Spirit to discover all the plans He has for you and those around you.
We are here with you, and want to be with you on this journey! We are part of one family and are praying for you and championing you as you discover each day what it means to walk more intimately and closely with the Lord.
You are SO loved,
Krista and the Live Salted Ladies