1 Corinthians 11:31-32 “If we were properly judging ourselves, we would not be judged, but when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined, so that we may not be condemned with the world.” CSB
When I was younger, my friends used to comment me on how I walked, “That Billy Jack has the coolest walk!” But it wasn’t until I saw myself walking on a video that I realized that most of them were being sarcastic.
My meaning is that I really didn’t know I walked the way I walked. Here I was thinking my ‘stroll’ was so cool when It actually looked goofy to me. I never really ‘saw’ myself and because I did not, I couldn’t ‘correct’ myself. Now, what does this say about other aspects of my being?
When I went through my spiritual transformation, I began to look at myself in all ways. Asking myself, “How do I treat people?” “What are my true inner thoughts about God’s other children in my life, family friend or stranger?”
You see I had to judge myself spiritually and be accountable for how I am living now. Just like my walk, I had to look at myself the way others saw me. This would help me understand how my actions affect others.
I bring my ‘walk’ up because for years I tried to develop a better walk. But the walk I had was so natural to me that I could not break from that stride. The life I was living was so natural to me that my flesh was so much stronger than my will to do right. But in my case, God stepped in and took that worry of how I walked away from me. And after the accident I got my new walk!
I take pride in my walk because it not only takes me where I’m going, it also reminds me of where I’ve been and who I was. My walk is me. It's not perfect, it is flawed in the form of a limp but I can stand, I can walk and if I need to move a little faster, I have my own version of a run.
All of this comes because my walk holds me accountable. My walk allows me to judge myself on a daily basis. We must find the blessing in our transition. When we do, we hold on to it and allow it to hold us accountable for “…properly judging ourselves…” Knowing what God has brought us from. How did God heal us in our time of need? Who did God heal because of us being servants to His people?
The answer to these questions is your ‘walk’ in the name of Jesus. Find that and allow that to guide you in the proper judgment of yourself. When we do this, we are disciplined so that when the Lord judges us, “…we may not be condemned with the world.”
May the Lord keep you and allow you strength, wisdom, and courage to continue His work in you in Jesus’ name.
Authors Billy & Yolanda
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