Weekly Devotion
Living for Jesus Means Walking with Jesus
“No good thing does he withhold for those whose walk is blameless.” -Psalm 84:11
 
When people die and are buried, special words are often written on their tombstone or grave marker.  These words are called an epitaph. They are usually kind words about the person who is buried there. For instance, Thomas Jefferson has inscribed on his gravestone, “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom.  Father of the University of Virginia.”  Some people like to have a special Bible verse as their epitaph. What would you think could be inscribed on your tombstone?  Maybe that’s not a great thought, but what would you like to have written about you? What would you like to see as your epitaph?
Perhaps the grave marker of the man we are about to meet could have read: “He really enjoyed his walks.” I said it “could have read” because there never was a tombstone for this man. That’s because he never needed one.  You see, this man never died.  His name was Enoch.
We read about Enoch in Genesis chapter 5:18-24. Very little is mentioned about who he was. We don’t know what work he did, or what his personality was like, but we do know one very interesting thing about Enoch: he enjoyed walking.
Enoch was born when Adam was only 622 years old. (Remember, Adam lived to be 930.) That meant Enoch probably knew Adam for about 300 years. Enoch’s father, Jared, was 162 years old when Enoch was born. (Enoch was the father of Methuselah, the oldest person on record.) One might imagine that living among the great Bible fathers would mean that everyone believed in God back then, but that was not the case.  Jude writes in the Bible, “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: ‘See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him’” (14,15).  There is no doubt that Enoch lived among some very wicked people. Maybe it wasn’t too different from our world today.
As was mentioned before, Enoch loved to walk. That is, he loved to walk with God.  In other words, he loved to do what pleased the Lord. The Bible tells us that he walked with God for 365 years. After that, Enoch took one last walk, and the Bible says that he “was no more” (5:24).  God took Enoch by the hand and walked him right into heaven!
That means that Enoch never died. He simply strolled through heaven’s gates and came face-to-face with friends and family members he hadn’t seen for years. 
Why did God do that for Enoch? What kind of man was Enoch that caused God to treat him so special? Let’s see if we can find the answer in the story of Enoch.  Twice in the Genesis verses it says that “Enoch walked with God.” The writer of the book of Hebrews also wrote “by faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away.  For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God” (11:5). Enoch stands as a monument to God’s children. He spent all his life living for Jesus.  What a great example for us to follow. We should try to walk in Enoch’s footsteps. 
Enoch never needed an epitaph on his gravestone because he was never buried. He simply disappeared. As God’s children, we will all want to walk the path to heaven just as Enoch did.  We can do that by living for Jesus every day of the year.  And what better time than to begin this very day.
In Christ, Mike Allard, Principal @ St. John’s