This week, for my church’s vacation bible school, the topic has been walking in the newness of life. But what exactly does that mean? Why does God want us to walk in the newness of life? In Joshua 1:8-10,it states, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” When I read this scripture during our class, everyone had a better understanding of what it meant. For me, it means that we have to give up some things in our life to receive. We cannot do the same things over and over and expect different results; that’s the definition of insanity. This doesn’t just apply to our Christian walk, it can apply to any facet of life.
Some of my best childhood friends attend my church, and we have engaged into some deep discussion this week about how far we have come. We’re all going to be college graduates, leading into successful careers. Just to be young African American men and say we are all college graduates is something to be proud of, but yet, we are still not satisfied. There is still a calling we have to pursue. We talked about some of the things we want to do post-college life. Not just things that involve our working career, but also helping out in the community as well. We just simply want to do more. But for us to move forward, there were some things in our life we had to give up, whether it be people or just some old habits. God has given us vision, and he has given us the power to make that vision become a reality. It’s up to us if we want to plant that seed and watch it harvest. An old saying goes, “you will reap what you sow”.
As a Christian, does walking in the newness of life mean attending church every Sunday? No, not at all. Attending church is great, but there is much more to being a Christian than just attending Sunday service. During our VBS class, I compared being a Christian to taking a difficult college course: You cannot pass that course by just sitting in class and listening to the professor. Trust me, I learned the hard way in junior college. You have to take it outside the classroom and apply the knowledge, allow it to become a part of your life. Our walk with God is just the same. Once that happens, it’s inevitable that blessings are near.