“The devil hoped this injury would make me stop and take defeat,
But I know Jesus walks with me, so I’ll just keep on walking with my limp.”
These particular lines flow through my ears and mind on a daily basis as I listen to the Jonathan McReynolds jam entitled, “Limp”. When I first heard the song I thought it was a cool production, but after a few listens it truly began to minister to my heart and spirit.
As Christians, young or old, we have our daily struggles that sometimes make it seem pretty far fetched to live holy. We find that some of the things that we used to do that brought us joy and happiness are the same things that God wants to remove from us. Not because He’s mean and doesn’t want us to enjoy life, but rather because He loves us and wants to give us His absolute best. Making room for God’s best can surely be a tough pill to swallow. Especially when it means having to remove people, things and traits from our lives. We have to be willing to give up everything in order to be a true follower of Christ (Luke 14:33). And while we give Jesus the biggest ‘yes’ that we can in order to show our devotion, there will without a doubt be many stumbling blocks in our way. We may stumble and hurt ourselves at points, but we MUST press forward… limp and all.
My biggest limp recently has been selfishness. It has been moderate, but an injury nonetheless. I don’t like to do anything or be involved with anything if does not benefit me. There can be times where I could absolutely care less about what others may want or need if I don’t feel like catering to it. Especially when it comes to money. If I feel that I don’t have a plentiful amount or if what someone is asking me for will hit my wallet to hard, I will fight before I have to give it up. There was a point in time (not too long ago) where I would put off paying my tithes to church because I wanted to make sure there was enough money left over for me. While I felt like what I was doing was wise, it was rather foolish. My selfishness cause me to stumble and fall flat on my face. It was causing my family to look at me differently, but worst of all it was causing me to disobey my Father in Heaven.
When I realized that this limp was growing into an irreparable injury, I knew it was time to get it checked on. I put my injury before the Lord in faith and prayed for His direction on how to get this to fade away. It’s such a joy to know that our God is a healer and is faithful to forgiving us (1 John 1:9). He invites us to put our burdens before Him, so that can He can take care of them and give us the rest that we need (Matthew 11:28). However, while we come to Him in faith to help us right our wrongs, we must also do our part to turn from our former ways and create new and better habits (James 2:17). I still have small symptoms related to my injury, but thankfully with the help of the Lord I am able to continuously treat it.
We are human. We live in our flesh. As long as we are in our flesh we will be susceptible to sin. One of my favorites pastors, Dr. Charles Stanley said “a holy life is not a sinless life. It is a life that is bent toward God, having trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, with devotion and desire for God and thirst to live for Him.” We will never be without sin and we always have difficulties living a supernatural life in this natural world (Romans 7:21-24). The sooner we understand this, the easier it will be to allow God to take over our lives.
We may slip, fall, and hurt ourselves, but we do not have to stay there. Our limp is not the end of our world and it doesn’t have to be the end of our salvation. It doesn't have to become a setback in our quest to Heaven. We have a Father who will pick us up, clean us and put us on the track that He has prepared. We just have to be willing to accept His love and power. And most of all… WE MUST KEEP GOING!
“We were born handicapped,
But God gives us strength back and all that you lack,
If you just keep on walking with your limp.”