Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Twelve Steps To Heaven (Part 1)
Step #1: Walk Uprightly
Lord, who may abide in Your Tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your Holy Hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
Psalm 15 (NKJV)
King David stayed focused on his goal: it wasn't to be king; it wasn't to be a musician, warrior, writer, hero, husband or father; it wasn't to be rich, famous, brave or successful; it wasn't to live in a big palace, ride a fast horse, eat the best food or have the most friends.
David's goal was to live in Heaven with God. It was to hear, obey and please God. It was to believe God in the midst of trouble; it was to survive by His defense and thrive by His Hand. Yes, David sought joy and prosperity, but he sought them through God--and not man.
Psalm 15 lists eleven clear steps to Heaven. Because God says to 'Work out your own salvation' (Philippians 2:12); 'That everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him' (1 John 2:29). Jesus adds: 'Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven' (Matthew 7:21). Consider His will in this regard.
Step One: Walk uprightly. 'No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly' (Psalm 84:11), including Heaven. So how do we walk uprightly?
In the New Testament, Jesus introduces the ultimate Model's walk. 'When His disciples saw Him walking on the sea' (Matthew 14:26), when they saw 'The lame walk' (Matthew 11:5), they began to realize they were on a path that would change the world forever.
We are told 'To walk in the same manner as He walked' (1 John 2:6), to walk 'Blamelessly' (Luke 1:6), to 'Walk orderly' (Acts 21:24), 'So we too might walk in newness of life' (Romans 6:4); to 'Walk in the Spirit' (Galatians 5:16), to 'Walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7), to 'Walk in wisdom' (Colossians 4:5) and most importantly...
To 'Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us' (Ephesians 5:2). Thus do actors, models and talent for Christ today 'Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called' (Ephesians 4:1).*
To Be Continued...
* The last three paragraphs of this devotion are reprinted from an AMTC Devotion published on March 15, 2011, 'A Model's Walk:' http://www.amtcdevotions.com/a-models-walk
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Twelve Steps To Heaven series.