So you want to live forever! Will you walk with God in the present?
21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Enoch walked with God 300 years and he was not, for God took him.
Enoch’s life is a testimony for us and against us. Enoch was a sinner just like you and I are today. He did everything he could do to please God for 300 years. God must have appreciated Enoch’s attempt at sinless living because He took Enoch to heaven before he had time to die a natural death.
I can’t speak for anyone else but I sometimes have trouble walking with God for one day, let alone 300 years. Today we have something that had not yet happened in the time of Enoch. We can assume that Enoch knew that there would come a Savior that would be the sacrifice for mankind’s sins. God had prophesied as much in the Garden when He pronounced the curse upon satan and mankind. He said, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” – Genesis 3:15. But Enoch did not have the infilling of the Holy Spirit as we do today.
Soon and very soon we are going to see our King. Yes, Jesus will appear in the clouds and the trumpet will sound and those who died in Christ and we who remain alive and follow Him will be caught up together in the air, in the twinkling of the eye to be with Jesus Christ forever more.
Is this what you are living for? Are you and I humbly submiting ourselves and all we have to Jesus Christ daily, moment by moment? We don’t have 300 years. We may not even have one more day or one more hour. what do we really want?
Jesus said these words in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5 verses 13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
I am not saying that you must never again commit a sin to enter heaven. If that were so, no one, especially me, would be allowed to go there. But God does demand perfection through faith in Jesus Christ. What we need to ask ourselves is, what are we living for? If the answer is, we live for ourselves and disregard God completely we are not really followers of God are we? Enoch was not perfect, but he walked with (followed) God in the way that God expected.
Jesus expects His followers to be salt and light while living in the midst of perversion and every form of wickedness and sin. It is what He did when He was on earth and who He is now. And it is who we are to be. If we are not, we need to repent and ask ourselves the hard questions.
Do I really want to follow Jesus Christ? Do I have faith to beleive, that if I fully submit to Jesus Christ in every way, He will change my inner most being, my heart, and my thinking, character and actions. Will I repent in all sincerity, and humble myself right now, turning away from my will and commit all of me to what Jesus wants me to do, say, and think, allowing Him to rule all of my life forevermore?
We all need this reality check. Our human nature is fallen and we so easily and willfully go backward into our sinful nature, or maybe we have never heard the good news about freedom in Jesus Christ.
Don’t be fooled by your own pride and satan’s old lies. God did say, do not eat of the tree. He does say repent daily of your sins. He does promise in 1 John 1:8-9, ” If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
So let’s move into freedom from sin right now. What are we waiting for? God is calling out, “Adam, where are you?” Let’s answer Him with complete truth.
Respond with prayer something like this, “My Father and My God, I have sinned against you and hidden myself from you. Forgive me please. I will follow you from this moment forward with all of my being. I trust that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for all my sins, past, present and future. I beleive He is your only begotten Son who is the only sacrifice for my sins. Jesus take control of my entire being right now. I am yours forevermore.
Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King. He is Jesus the Christ, Son of David and Son of God.
Blessings my friends,
Pastor Chris Jones