The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Several years ago, I had a dream where a pastor I knew literally disappeared in front of a church congregation. His microphone dropped to the floor. I walked from the back of the church onto the stage and announced to the congregation, “Enoch walked with God and the Lord took him.” I understood the meaning of the dream to be a call from God to walk closely with Him.
The man in my dream pastored a church I attended while in Bible college in Minnesota. I had never known a man who exuded such joy in his relationship with God. He prayed with joy and genuine love and passion for the Lord. And he was an excellent preacher. I admired him tremendously. He grew up on the streets of Chicago, and if memory serves me correctly, accepted Christ as Savior while in prison. Even though I moved on from Minnesota and attended his church for only a short period of time, his example made a profound impact on my life.
Genesis Chapter 5 states,
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” -verses 21-24
Enoch’s life was short compared to his contemporaries, but his life was impactful because it was a life well lived, the life of a man who was known as one who faithfully walked with God. The Bible does not tell us much about Enoch except that he walked with God, he lived a life of faith, he pleased God, and he was a righteous man (see Hebrews 11:5 and Jude 14-15). Actually, that’s quite a lot! How would you like that to be your legacy?
I would like my children to say of me, “Papa walked with God, he lived a life that pleased God, a life of faith, and he was a righteous man.” What a legacy!
Enoch left this earth when he was only 365 years old. Compared to others who lived during his time, he left at a young age as the Bible records men who lived to be over 900 years old. I think the number 365 is significant, as 365 days represents a year. God wants us to walk with Him every day, every moment, of every year. A life lived for God is a full and complete life.
My father-in-law, Victor, died when he was close to 60 years old, young by modern standards. He was my spiritual father, my mentor and my friend. I loved him dearly. My heart is broken that he passed, but he died a full man, a complete man, a man full of peace, because he walked with God. His life personified the fruits of the Spirit. He was not perfect, but his life was not lacking. His heart was perfect towards God. He walked with love, in joy and in peace. He would commonly say to me, “Keeping walking” or “Walk in peace.”
As I viewed a presentation of pictures of Victor’s life, one thing that was evident to me is how his countenance changed through the years. There is a striking difference between his face as a younger man and his face in his later years. His countenance became brighter and brighter. As he grew, he looked happier, more content, more joyful, and more at peace. His face progressively reflected the brightness of the Lord.
One of the very last things he told me was concerning his prayer life. He told me how sometimes he would wake up at night and pray. He would pray until his soul was satisfied in God. His face reflected that reality, a person satisfied in Jesus.
That’s what walking with God is all about. It’s about living a life of prayer, living a Christ-like life, impacting others for the kingdom of God, and leaving a spiritual heritage for our children and others. My father-in-law left a legacy that impacted my life. I want to live in such a way, if Jesus tarries, that I will be able to pass the baton to the next generation. I want my sons to walk in the blessing because I was their Papa.
Who will carry the baton to the next generation? Who will build a foundation that others can build upon for God’s kingdom? I will be that man! My sons will be that man!
What will your legacy be?
I have always believed that the dream I received several years ago was God’s challenge to me to be a person who walks with God. Our walk with God is something that can always be growing, day by day, moment by moment. Like my father-in-law, we can grow more and more each day as our lives become more saturated with God’s presence. We are being changed from the inside out, being transformed into His image and likeness, from glory to glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Romans 8:29).
Proverbs 4:18 says (Amplified version), “But the path of the just (righteous) is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day.”
What is the perfect day? I believe the perfect day is the day of Christ, the day we see Jesus face-to-face in all His glory when we meet him in heaven. Only then will we experience the fullness of completion in him. For now, we walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t understand everything that happens to us, but we endeavor to live righteously, to seek His face, to walk by faith, and to please God in all we do.
Life is a journey, an adventure. May it be a walk with God.