I have been in church since 1997. I was 25 and was introduced to Jesus by a complete stranger. I would call myself a casual Christian. I went to church, I served on boards, and I taught groups. I would not have called myself a disciple, just a follower. Then in 2011 that all changed over 2 1/2 days in March at a Walk To Emmaus weekend. I will not get into what exactly goes on in this post, because your experience will be a different one than mine, but also because you need not put expectations on the weekend.
It has been two years since my wife and I attended the walk. We were introduced to the idea by a man we knew for about three months before he left our lives. We had no idea how to go about attending, but in God’s time he brought a Lady into our lives who had been and could help us. Our weekends were separate , and I think that made all the difference in the world. Men need to be alone to think and react in a welcome and safe environment. If the environment is not safe, men will not open up and let Jesus in to work. We obviously talked a lot about Jesus about what it meant to know him, serve him, and really listen to him. We talked about priorities, family, and happiness in God. What we didn’t talk about were status, jobs, and sports.
Here are my thoughts;
- If you refuse to open your heart up this is not a for you. If you really want to meet men and women who are faithful representations of Christ and let them love you, then I suggest you go on a Walk To Emmaus weekend and learn more about your life in Christ.
- You need to be open to hear what others see in you and genuinely share life.
- God wants a real relationship with you.
- Life in Christ is more than just showing up on Sundays.
- If I make my relationship with God a priority everything else will fall into place.
- God is the only one whose opinion matters. We don’t ever need to retaliate because God will protect our good name.
- God’s time is not our time. Trusting God means waiting on him to show us to move, not moving then asking him to bless it.
Do these things sound familiar? They probably are if you have been in church for any time at all. A Walk to Emmaus weekend will never try to reinvent anything, it just makes it clearer.