The phrase, “Walking with the Lord,” gets thrown around often. But what does it look like to have true intimacy? How do you know if you’re “walking with the Lord”?
Paul gives us a clear picture in Philippians 2. He says,”So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,” then do three things. In other words, if you have intimacy with God, your life should look like this:
#1 Intimacy with God creates HARMONY IN THE CHURCH
“…complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:2). When we have experienced Christ in a life-changing way, there is unity around mission, holiness and ministry.
#2 Intimacy with God creates HUMILITY LIKE CHRIST
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:3-5). The Son of God modeled humility for us. He looked to our interests and died for them. In this way, He counted us more significant than Himself. Christ humbled Himself so that we could be redeemed. When we have fellowship with God, our response is the same humility.
#3 Intimacy with God creates HOPE FOR FUTURE GLORY
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). Jesus is now exalted above all names and reigns as a soon-coming King. Paul reminds us of this for two reasons.
- God exalts the humble but opposes the proud.
- And this world isn’t the end.
A day is coming when the King will be revealed and all who have humbled themselves under His reign will receive eternal life. This brings hope and fuels humility.
How do you know if you’re walking with God? Ask yourself three questions:
#1 Does my life create harmony in the church through love and ministry?
#2 Is my life marked by Christ-like humility or are most things motivated by selfish-ambition and conceit?
#3 Do I rest knowing that a faithful God will grant me eternal life through His Son?
I’m praying these questions help your relationship with God grow sweeter. They have been eye-opening for my life this week.