I desire to walk the line.
And, of course, you know I’m not the late Johnny Cash.
But I read the back story behind Johnny’s musical hit, I Walk the Line. As a newlywed, Cash wrote the lyrics as a promise of devotion to his wife. (Wikipedia.)
So what does walking the line have to do with you and me?
Walk the Line in Devotion
Mike, my husband, performs marriage ceremonies as an ordained minister. He even officiated our daughter Megan’s wedding.
During the vows, Mike mentioned our son-in-law’s favorite movie, I walk the Line, the life story of Johnny Cash. After a slight pause, my husband said these words to the groom, Tyler. “And that’s what I expect you to do—walk the line.”
You see, we invested years in our daughter’s life, devoted parents who wanted God’s best for her. So, now, we wanted the same devotion and sentiments from Tyler to Megan.
In the same way, God wants my total devotion and allegiance.
I desire to walk in the Lord’s ways, obey Him and become like Him. God calls me His betrothed and whispers in my heart: That’s what I expect you to do—walk the line. Not as a harsh master over you, but because I love you and I want what’s best for you. Walk devoted with Me through this life.
But to walk the line, I must die to myself in unadulterated surrender. It’s only in this place of death and the crucified life that I fully give myself to the Lord. A total devotion.
And I like how C. S. Lewis describes it. “Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it.”
Walk the Line in Jesus’ Name
When I was expecting our second child, our daughter Megan was three. We made the decision not to find out the baby’s gender before the birth. So, we prepared a nursery in gender neutral colors and discussed boy and girl names. One evening after bedtime stories, Megan said she wanted a baby brother named Sue or Susie.
Johnny Cash also had a hit song, A Boy Named Sue. My dad listened to songs by Cash when I was a little girl. I remember hearing A Boy Named Sue and I Walk the Line. By the way, I gave birth to a boy. But we named him Michael Caleb Friday.
Yet another boy in history was given a significant name. A boy named Jesus. And His name, while matchless and above all names, never headlined the music charts.
Walk the Line by Example
Jesus is our example of how it looks to give up self. When we look at the life and ministry of Christ, it’s a portrait that depicts giving of himself: time, attention, affection, teaching, healing, compassion, kindness and love.Jesus gave up His own life on the cross for you and me. #blog #devotion Click To Tweet
And He’s invested in us with our best interest at heart. Christ exemplified unmitigated adoration to His heavenly Father. He walked the line of the Father’s plan. Jesus wanted God’s kingdom to be His kingdom. God’s agenda became His agenda.
Jesus released His will for the Father’s will to be done.To follow #Jesus is to follow His example and walk the same way He walked. #blog Click To Tweet
“Whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked” 1 John 2:5-6 ESV.
I desire to walk the line. But I’m not Johnny Cash. I’m a child of the King. I’m His beloved and He is mine.
Questions to Consider:
- Do I desire to walk the line committed to God’s will and kingdom in my life and on the earth?
- Am I daily walking in the same way Jesus walked?
- Does my heart beat with a pledge of devotion to God?
Which one of these areas comes more easily for you? Which one is more difficult? Tell us in the comments.
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September 7, 2017 at 10:14 am | Uncategorized