READ SCRIPTURE: January 2, 2019
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had others sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” ― Genesis 5:21-24 (ESV)
That’s all that we know. No heroic act. No emotional details of events within Gideon’s life that would make him go down in history. And yet, he has been remembered for thousands of years. And here’s what we know about him:
- He was 65 years when he first became a dad.
- His first kid’s name was Methuselah.
- He lived for 300 years after Methuselah was born, having some more kids within those 300 years.
- He lived for a total of 365 years (much shorter than any of the other people mentioned in this family tree in Genesis 5).
- Enoch walked with God.
- Enoch never experienced death because God simply took him.
And that’s it. Hollywood won’t make a movie based on his life. No one would read his biography. No one would tune in to see a documentary filmed and recorded about his life based upon the description above. Why? Because it’s too simple. There’s nothing exciting about Enoch’s life. But maybe that’s the point.
It seems like the thing that is pushed so often by so many people, especially in the church, is making sure that we live a life of impact, that we leave our mark on this planet. But should that be our goal? And what are the true motives of us striving for that? As followers of Christ, shouldn’t we be striving to not leave our mark on this planet but rather to make sure that we leave Christ’s mark instead? Some could argue that those two things are synonymous. But this isn’t entirely true. For so many years I was wanting to leave my mark on this planet through the preaching of Christ’s gospel. For so many years the motivation of my heart behind that was that I would leave MY mark. I wanted to make sure that my name went down in the history of Christendom as being an explosive preacher that thousands came to hear. A lot of that desire had more to do with my own ego being stroked rather than Christ’s name being proclaimed.
God has done a work in me over the years. And while I may still have to drive that desire to be known back, I can now say that if all I’m known for is that I had some kids with Kelley and walked with God, and that God took me home when he wanted me there, I’m good. With the years that God allows me on this planet, I’ll shoot for the simplicity of walking with God. Each step will not be easy, of course. But the call is simple: walk with God.
Have some kids. Walk with God. This is definitely not something that is all that appealing for those who are wanting to leave THEIR mark. But think about it: Enoch has been honored by God in the pages of Scripture for thousands of years because he chose the simplicity of walking with God. He’s even mentioned in the “hall of faith” in Hebrews 11. It seems like this kind of shows us what God’s preference really is. For those that think that this is the lazy way out, you’re missing the key to Christ’s invitation. He said, “Follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men.” So if I’m walking with Jesus and following Jesus, everywhere that he decides to go, doing everything with him that he decides to do, I’ll be left with a life that leaves me screaming, “What a ride” at the end of it, all while simply strolling with my Savior.
So may I not strive to be honored more than God for the next millennium so that my name goes down in the history books. May I not strive to make sure that history remembers me or that others read about me. Rather, may I simply walk with God and be faithful to the little bit that he leads me to do, to know him and to make him known everywhere I go. And when I’m done? I’m home.
It’s that simple. And I’m convinced that God designed it that way on purpose.
Love you all more than you know,