Wanna take a Walk? – Pastor Andy Bondurant

Walking is in…at least the thought of walking is popular. One of the top Christmas gifts in 2015 were the Fitbit type watches. In case you are unaware, this wristband/watches keep track of the number of steps you take every day. The idea is to help you be more fit by keeping track of your steps, so you can set goals to take more steps every day or week. Stores couldn’t keep certain styles of these watches in stock this Christmas.

I purchased a Fitbit type watch this past summer, and it works. I took more walks in 2015 than I have in ages – all because of a piece of plastic on my wrist. In fact, I know I took more than 1.2 million steps in just half of 2015. That’s a lot of walking.

Taking a physical walk is trending, but it’s nothing new.

Genesis 3:8-10

8When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the lord God among the trees.9Then the lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

Walk with God

This is the only time we see God walking in the Garden of Eden, but it doesn’t seem to be the first. We get the feeling that God regularly would walk in the garden, and He would physically walk with Adam and Eve. They would walk together.

Walking has long been a part of growing deep.

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Growing Deep

This week, we have been fasting, praying and asking God to grow our roots deep into Him. Practically, this means being thankful, spending time and putting importance on being with God, having a Word spoken to us (Word of the Year), and looking at Christ.

Let me add one more to this list. Our roots grow deep in God when we walk with Him.

So what does that mean?

What Walking with God looks Like

  1. God wants to walk with you. God showed up in the garden to be with Adam and Eve. He wanted to walk with them. He wanted to be with them. God wants to be with you. He wants to walk down the road you are headed with you. He wants to do life with you.
  2. God wants you to invite Him into your walk. Notice how God showed up in the garden looking for Adam and Eve. Only when He couldn’t “find” them, did He call. God was looking for an invitation from Adam and Eve into their walk. God is looking for an invitation from you into your walk. As much as He wants to walk with you, He won’t do it unless you ask.
  3. God is willing to walk with you in the midst of your mess. God had no problem with Adam and Eve’s nakedness. It was Adam and Eve who had a problem with being naked. God isn’t shocked by your mess. He wants to enter into it with you, so He can help you clean the mess up.

Just Keep Walking

One of the realizations I’ve made with my Fitbit is I’ll never be done walking. If I reach my goal today…there’s always tomorrow. To truly be fit, I have to commit to walking or exercise for life.

Growing deep in God doesn’t happen in a day. It’s a long, continuous process. You have to keep walking with God. Just keep walking…

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