Every January you see people posting about their “word for the year.” “Discipline,” “Patience,” and “Focus” all come to mind when I think back on posts I’ve seen. I’ve never really felt like I had a word that has been a theme for my year before but the Lord gave me one this year: Walk.

We see in Scripture examples of people who “walked with God” like Enoch and Noah. For whatever reason, that phrase really stuck out to me as I began 2021. It made me ask, “What does that even mean?” God planted that word in my mind and he has been using a real-world
example to teach me.

My knees have been a problem since my first surgery as an 8th grader (I’m 31 as I write this) and I’m currently rehabbing yet another nagging injury. I love being active, exercising, and playing sports, so to have my knees holding me back yet again aggravates me to no end. Just last week I let out audible frustration as I put 10lbs on the leg extension machine and viewed it as “progress.”

As I left the YMCA that day it hit me, “Dylan, you’re relearning to walk physically. I think God Is trying to get your attention with this to teach you how to walk spiritually.” Physically, I’ve been forced to stop doing what I want to do and listen to the voice of a physical therapist friend that I trust. I have no choice but to follow his lead each day to keep me moving forward, literally one
step at a time.

Maybe that’s exactly what walking with God looks like: allowing Him to tell us each step to take and how to take it. And maybe, just maybe, sometimes it takes an “injury” to get our full attention.

So, what does it mean to walk with God? I’m learning that it’s a not-so-complicated lifestyle of living in constant obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice.

Pastor, are you walking with God as you lead your church? Church leader, are you allowing the Spirit to work in you to work through you as you disciple others? I hope the answer for you is “Yes” but I’m going to guess some of you reading this know that you’ve been trudging along in your own effort and will.

What could happen if you simply started leading with a mindset of, “Lord, my ideas aren’t working anymore. I need you to tell me how to lead this church.” I think we all might find a great weight lifted off our shoulders.

Jesus is ready to walk whenever you decide to lay your own plans aside and follow step-for-step with Him.


Replicate Ministries offers many resources to equip you and your ministry on the walk with God. We want to watch you reach your goals and succeed. Visit us today at Replicate.org/training to start your journey! Click here to learn more about Replicate Ministries and our team members!

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