Walking Worthy for Christ in A World Falling Apart
Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul Series
Psalm 128:1 (KJB) A Song of degrees. Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
This scripture verse about reverencing and fearing God and walking in step with Him in any circumstance of life rings true to this day. Every child of God walking hand in hand with Him is blessed beyond measure.
Just like the Apostle Paul, before his heart was spiritually restored alive, many people try to walk down the road of life according to their own belief set, interests, desires, and self-will in this dark and spiritually dangerous world. Each person does come to a defining point in the road, a crossroad, or intersection where he or she must make a vital decision to agree with God about the nature of sin. Or to oppose God and align themselves with the darkness of the god of this world. One choice leads a person to enjoy sweet eternal fellowship with God while the other direction leads to eternal separation from God forevermore.
At the crossroad in this world, each heart must choose to live for God or align with the god of this world.
The Apostle Paul came to the end of himself and chose fellowship with God as was recorded in the New Testament.
Solomon lived according to his desires in his youth but in his mature years came to realize everything was meaningless without a personal relationship with God.
One thief on the cross at Calvary came to a spiritual juncture just before his life was to be snuffed out and he chose God and eternal life. The other thief on the opposite side of Jesus Christ elected to disagree with God and chose death.
Judas, the chosen apostle, saw his grievous sin before him and rather than seek forgiveness and restoration with God he chose to take his own life, departing from God forever.
God’s word is filled with people making decisions at the crossroads of life.
This world continues to fall apart. One day soon it will forever be destroyed, along with every living thing upon it. For those who have chosen to walk worthy with God, God will usher spiritually regenerated hearts to His prepared eternal residence upon their physical death or upon the return of Jesus Christ to reign and destroy this world. Every lost heart will forever be separated from any possibility of fellowship with God as this world and all living things in it come to a screeching halt, with every human still physically alive facing his or her certain demise because of personal rejection of God.
Anotherwards, God can be known to every human heart and there is never any person physically alive in this world who cannot both understand and receive divine relief from his natural propensity to sin because of the natural state of his naturally dark heart condition. No man is placed by God in this world to be found up the creek without a paddle. Some people just choose to toss the paddle overboard and attempt to make it on their own accord. Every person will come to an intersection in the road and must decide between having eternal life with God or facing certain physical and spiritual death without God.
King Solomon grew to understand this vital spiritual truth in his day. Though he was surrounded by his large family, financial riches, large herds, and vast material wealth, he could not find lasting hope and happiness, satisfaction, or the meaning of life in any of his possessions, property, or with the many people surrounding him.
The Apostle Paul in New Testament times thought he had it all. He had the right name, a position among wealthy and notable men. Had studied the law at the feet of Gamliel, and perhaps was an up and coming member of the Sanhedrin Court. He was fired up and had a mission to accomplish, especially among Christian believers, as he resolutely stood in opposition to God.
There are many verses given in God’s Word as hearts were spiritually rejuvenated and changed by the inner working of God in their heart.
Solomon was inspired by God to pen this deduction:
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (KJB) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
The Apostle Paul recognized this truth given in the New Testament.
Ephesians 6:1-4 (KJB) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
You see, there is always eternal hope and God desires for every person to be saved (2nd Timothy 2:4). God does not discriminately choose some hearts to be saved and for others to die in their sin. God allows for every person to hear about Him and see His work which is observable in creation for all in this world. His visible banner allows each person to make up their own mind to agree with God about the nature of sin and apply His gift of faith personally. Or to choose to ignore the Truth of God forever.
You see, each man decides his own eternal fate as God gives each person unfettered access to His divine gift, His spiritual recipe in obtaining eternal life as was recorded in His Word. The Bible is not a collection of stories and fables. It is the inspired Word of God about God and given freely so that each of us could meet with God personally (John 3:15-16, 14:6).
Throughout his inspired writings in God’s Word the Apostle Paul repeatedly points to the working of the power and presence of God and not to any merit in himself. Paul died to self and what he desired, and chose to live on this earth exclusively for savoring and serving Christ (Galatians 2:20)
Sadly, some people then and today, misconstrue Paul’s writing, his preaching and teaching choosing to follow Paul rather than understanding he points exclusively to God and His Son Jesus Christ in all things.
We hope this series ** Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul has left your heart, mind, and soul infused with a better understanding of God through the pen of Paul, including immediate, remote, geographical. and historical context, having a more complete framework of the entire canon of scripture including both the Old and New Testament as you serve God and collectively among the brethren and in your personal application today.
Certainly, you understand, it is impossible to comprehend all things about God and His Son Jesus Christ and how Paul was used of God in furthering the gospel message. However, you should have a greater appreciation and understanding, including the character of his devotion, the value in his willingness to suffer for Christ, and even his eventual physical death leaving a permanent mark and testimony in this world of such a sold-out servant of God sent to preach the gospel message to all mankind without prejudice:
Acts 9:15 (KJB) But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
We hope you will agree that with proper understanding, scripture we can sufficiently slam the door shut to any person who suggests that a man should follow only the writings of the Apostle Paul. Some people will even go as far as setting aside the whole counsel of God, including the Old Testament in an attempt to apply God’s truth in lives today. No, a sincere child of God desires to apply the context included in the entire canon of scripture with this proof clearly presented in these valuable verses:
Romans 15:4 (KJB) For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJB) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
This world needs more people willing to identify with Christ and serve God in this world. Yes, the world needs more servants with a heart like Paul to relentlessly be about sowing seeds of the gospel message, despite the state of his circumstances, feeding hungry hearts spiritual food in this world. We hope this series has driven you to God, or back to God, jumpstarting your heart for savoring and serving Him.
Even while the world continues to fall apart you do not have to fumble and spiritually fold in this world. Check out our author page for more on walking worthy.
Please read other devotions in this series.
A Sound Doctrinal Ministry
Endurance in Ministry
A Servant of God