This post isn’t about galleries, cafés and streets, or at least not directly. It’s about something far more important, about more ancient history than London can remember and it doesn’t last 30 minutes or 2 hrs but it’s life-long. It’s about my everyday walk of faith. A walk with Jesus Christ. Even if it sounds scary, religious or weird to you, I thought it was important to publish it here, because without that walk there wouldn’t be no other.
This walk started on a sunny day in a park in Warsaw, Poland, even though I didn’t realise that at the time. After reading a book by Myles Munroe “Understanding your potential” I realised that God wasn’t who I’d thought He was. I realised that He’s much closer to me than I’d ever thought, that He’s good, He accepts me and wants me to be whom I’ve been made to be – beautiful on the inside, joyful, fulfilled, satisfied and so much more.
That day, in the park I decided that I didn’t want to live in separation from God anymore. My husband-to-be (also didn’t realise it at that time) prayed with me exactly about that. He led me in a prayer which involved saying that I’d lived my whole life in opposition to God and in separation from him, because of my sin and asking him to forgive me that and get involved in my life. And also acknowleding that I believed in His son who came from heaven to earth to give everything for me.
How little did I knew what it actually meant and what I’d signed up myself to. The longest and the hardest walk ever but the one which bring real and lasting joy.
Easter walk: what does it mean?
God created us – people out of love. God is love and He wanted his love to be displayed in the world through human beings. He could really do without us, but he didn’t want to. Yet, we rejected that love, thinking that we’ll be better off on our own. He allowed that, because he gave us free will. He didn’t want an army of robots forced to worship him, but friends and partners to praise His name out of awe, reverence and respect.
The fact that we chose our way is called sin – not the fact that you didn’t pray one day, or said something wrong about somebody else, or sworn or ate too much chocolate. Some of those things are wrong and can be sinful but until we realise what first and foremost sin is, they kind of don’t matter (it requires much deeper theological discussion of course but I hope you get the point).
Even though we chose our own way, God didn’t turn his back on us. He still loved us and wanted the best for us. Sin separated us from God (He’s holy and without sin), so to get access to Him we had to be cleansed. Throughout the Old Testament times that was done by offering sacrifices to the Lord. But even then, God had much better plan. That plan was Jesus Christ – the son of God leaving his ‘life’ of total communion with God and coming to the people he created. That’s a bit like an author of a book came to live among his created characters.
Jesus came to show us the real face of God and to give His life as a sacrifice, once and for all, so we wouldn’t need to sacrifice animals every time we do something wrong. Can you imagine? That would make life rather complicated. And Jesus was misunderstood by many, despised, ridiculed and finally killed on a cross, in a very painful death.
Easter walk: What does it all mean to ME?
That’s the beauty of the whole plan of God. Whatever Jesus did over 2000 years ago still matters today for every single person. As I said God created us and He wants to live with us, He wants us to live with Him, because He knows that only then we’ll be complete. There’s a beautiful quote from Blaise Pascal that explains that pretty well:
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace?
This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”
You may more like its more modern version#:
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.”
However, we can’t just come to God like that, because of the sin committed by Adam and Eve. We need a mediator and we have that in the person of Jesus. He’s the bridge between earth and heaven, because only he’s been part of both, he’s the one that closes the gap and the one who surrounds us with His arm and leads to us to God, the father, because:
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 New Living Translation
Have you ever looked at Jesus in that way? Have you ever seen a friend in Him, instead of a stranger from old times? Life giver instead of fun-spoiler. Have you ever thought He’s alive today? Yes, he not only died on the cross but He also rose from the grave. And he lives among us today.
He isn’t religion closed in the churches, He is not a tradition to follow but he’s your friend to meet with, chat to, laugh together and cry together.
Easter walk: It’s not yet the end
I know that you probably have many questions, doubts and accusations towards God, especially looking at the world around us. That’s good. I have them too, probably most of the days, because, as I wrote at the beginning, we’re not robots, we aren’t programmed for one thing. And God allowed us to choose – good from Him or evil from satan. Unfortunately, not everybody is choosing the first one.
But just because a child chooses a different path to the one their parent chose for them, we don’t say that those parents don’t exist, forgot the child or don’t care. They just let the child made their choices God is our parent – He allows us our own choices but when we come back drunk from a party He’ll be waiting for us and will put us to bed, when our heart is broken, He’ll listen, hug and won’t say “I knew it would be like that”, and when we realise that we haven’t been making the wisest choices and will turn back from our path of rebellion, He will be the first one to welcome us with open arms and a proper party (see the parable of prodigal son in Luke 15: 11-32)!
These are some of the things that I’ve learnt so far on my walk with Jesus – the only walk that I take daily. It’s only the essence and if I could, I would go on for much longer. If you would like to chat about this post leave a comment or get in touch.
I’m not a theologian and all I’ve shared comes from my personal experience and from my heart. I have shared them with you, because no matter how much I like walking in London, I love walking with Jesus, learning new things, being corrected and knowing that I’m growing towards being more like Him so much more(though just being a better person isn’t what earns me a place in heaven). And I hope I’ve been able to pass at least a little bit of that passion to you.
There’s no freebie from me at the end of this post. Sorry! 🙂 but there’s a freebie from God – free love and abundant life. As for me it sounds better than any e-book or even printable graphic. Will you sign up?