Footsteps and Footprints

Have you ever noticed when God speaks in scripture, His Words are written in black?  When Jesus speaks to us, His Words are written in Red.  When I noticed this difference, I found that the answer is in the nature of God and Jesus as it relates to us.

God communicates to us about His nature so that we understand who He is.  No one has ever seen God, nor have we had conversations with Him.  So, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can only understand what God says about Himself.  God writes to us His biography.  It’s His account of His life.  He tries to get us to understand.

But with Jesus it is different.  Jesus was born a man, walked among men and talked with men.  Jesus has conversations with us.  He establishes a relationship with us by having conversations about who He is, who we are, and who we should become. 

God communicates with us.  Genesis 2:16 says it this way.  “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.”  God doesn’t expect us to say anything.  He expects us to obey.

Jesus has conversations with us because He wants a personal relationship with us.  John 3:16 says it this way. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Jesus talks with us so that we will want to become believers in Him.

So, when we speak of and write of the nature of God and what He says, we are writing His biography.  We speak of and give an account of His life through our eyes and through our own understanding.  We say these are the footsteps of God.  We follow His footsteps so that we discover lives of obedience.

Do you have some footsteps in your path that you are following?  Whose are they?

But Jesus doesn’t need us to speak of Him.  He does that Himself by using our lives as believers to reveal Himself as our Savior. He writes His autobiography using a relationship with each believer.  He is the footprint in our lives that every believer and nonbeliever can see.

Believers gladly take His footprints as evidence of our relationship with Him.   So, our lives are in a way the autobiography of Jesus’ life in us.  When we give our lives to Jesus, He uses us to speak about Himself for Himself.  We reveal His footprints so that others can know His life.

So then, the historical account of God should be to our lives, His footsteps that reveal our knowledge of Him.  If the footsteps you take follow your own path, you are writing your own biography of your life more than you are writing of the knowledge of the Life of God by your life.

But the historical account of Jesus is Jesus’ own story about Himself to us.  It is His autobiography.  He writes and speaks about Himself for Himself.  Jesus has conversations with us through His own life and Spirit.  If the footprints found in your life are your own, then you are having a relationship with yourself telling others of your own life.

So, the question today is this?  Is your life a historical biography of who God is?  If it is, we should see some footsteps ahead of you that reveal the path forward for your life.

Or is it an autobiography of a relationship you have with Christ.  If it is, then we should see some of Jesus unmistakable footprints found in your life speaking to us about who He is.

You need both God’s footsteps and Jesus’s footprints living in your life.  It is important for you to distinguish between the two.

As a biography of the life of God, we follow footsteps that tell a story of what God has communicated to us about Himself.

As an autobiography of the Life of Christ, the Spirit tells of a relationship Christ has with each of us.  He reveals the footprints of Jesus’s love living in our lives.

As a biography of the Life of God, we share what we have come to know.  We follow the footsteps that reveal where God is and where He wants us to be.

As an autobiography of Christ, we reveal the depth of the relationship we have with Christ.  He tells others of Himself by revealing how He is the Bread of our Lives.

There are times when we should be the instrument of God’s biography.  We should tell the story of who He is as He has communicated that to us.

There are times when we should be the instrument of Jesus’ autobiography.  We should allow Him to tell the story of His relationship with us as He has conversations with us daily.

The problem we have with this is simple.  There are more times when we are our own biography of what we believe about God. We have never had a burning bush encounter so don’t have footsteps we can follow.

And many of us have never had a life changing, belief transformation in Christ, so we do not have the footprints of Christ in our lives that reveal the conversations we have had that led to the transformation we have enjoyed.

If you are going to live a believer’s life, you must recognize and follow God’s footsteps and you must have some of Christ’s footprints written in your heart.

Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.