Summary: Why do you want to be a Christian? Along with that, what does being a Christian really mean to you? Your answer will really define your understanding of what it means to be a Christian. My answer is simply this, Companionship.
Many characters in the Old Testament would be very interesting to sit down and talk. I believe, for myself, I would have loved to sit down and talked with Enoch. I do not know if there is a more interesting character than Enoch for the simple reason we don’t know very much about him.
He must have been a very interesting man and a very wonderful person.
His testimony is seen in Genesis 5:21-24.
The fascinating phrase here is, “Enoch walked with God.” It is hard for us to imagine what that really meant, but I believe it is something for us to ponder.
If this was all there was concerning Enoch, we would not have too much to think about. However, the fact that he is included in Hebrews chapter 11, the great Hall of Faith, puts a completely new twist on this picture.
“5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Between Genesis and Hebrews, we conclude that Enoch had a very special relationship with God.
In this context, I cannot help but thinking of Amos 3:3. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Basically, this is what our passage in Song of Solomon is all about. I can boil it down to one word; companionship.
The bride is celebrating this companionship with the groom that has become her everyday experience. Although her past is full of up-and-down experiences, her focus now is on this matter of companionship.
When a couple gets married the most important thing about that relationship is companionship. And, the most important thing about my relationship with Christ is companionship.
Let me pose a question here.
Why do you want to be a Christian?
Along with that, what does being a Christian really mean to you?
Your answer will really define your understanding of what it means to be a Christian.
My answer is simply this, Companionship. There is no other way to define in one word what it means truly to be a Christian.
I want to clearly define what our companionship with Christ is all about.
First of all, the definition of companionship is a feeling of fellowship or friendship. A sense of closeness.
This is what it really means to “walk with God.”
How do I get to this point of delighting in Divine companionship?
I. The Basis of This Companionship
So much fluff in the Christian community today that it is very hard to get to the basics of what it is all about. The general population in America has no idea of what it really means to be “born again” Christian.
They have allowed Hollywood and Wall Street and Nashville to define what Christianity is all about.
For many people Christianity is just a jacket they put on for special occasions, then take it off after that is over and get back to their life is normal.
For the life of me, I do not understand how anybody could really be happy with that kind of Christianity. It is a farce and does not impact daily living.
When I understand this matter of companionship, I begin to see that the basis of it is a commitment to Jesus Christ.
It is first a commitment to Jesus Christ as a person. I get to know him and allow him to get to know me and the relationship grows each day.
Of course, that commitment is based upon what Jesus Christ did on the cross. My commitment cannot exceed his commitment to me. Once I begin to understand, I begin to understand the delightful side of my commitment to Jesus Christ.
Not only is it a commitment to the person of Jesus Christ, but also to the values of Jesus Christ.
As my companionship develops and grows, I begin to understand Jesus as a person and begin to understand his values.
This is where that verse in Amos comes to play, “how can two walk together except they be agreed.” This agreement includes a value system.
The Basis of my companionship with Jesus Christ is understanding his values from his perspective. I do not allow the world’s values to compromise my companionship with Jesus Christ.
What this adds up to is a very radical separation from the world. Unfortunately, not many people today, especially in America, want to be radically separated from the world. They are willing to compromise this Divine companionship available to them because of the values of the world that impresses them.