The Christian Must Walk Alone, by Brother Lanre Oginni
Psalm 69:7-8 : Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face. I have become estranged from my brothers And an alien to my mother’s sons.
THE NARROW ROAD IS OFTEN A SOLITARY ONE
ARE YOU WALKING IN CHRIST OR WALKING IN THE WORLD?
The road for the true believer is many times a lonely one. The hard road to the cross is one that is seldom congested or busy. The narrow road is most often a solitary way which the popular crowd is unwilling to tread.
What does the world want?
The world wants an easier message
Matthew 7:13-14“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.“
And often the world gets what it wants, and that is why you see Christians who can’t be differentiated from harlots in dressing
Christian music with heavy worldly undertones
Christian messages designed particularly not to annoy the sensibilities of the world
Why does it have to be narrow
Lets read what paul says: Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The Iife i live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
it is a requirement that children of God must live by faith and not by sight, but most have chosen the way of logic.
Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
So we can see from these passages that the Christian must live by faith, endure hardships(James 1:2–3, 12; 1 Peter 1:6), and live a life separate from the world (James 1:27; Romans 12:1–2
When faced with the choice between a narrow, bumpy road and a wide, paved highway, most of us choose the easier road. Human nature gravitates toward comfort and pleasure. When faced with the reality of denying themselves to follow Jesus, most people turn away
How narrow is the way
Again, Abraham had Sarah and Lot, as well as many servants and herdmen, but who can read his story and the apostolic comment upon it without sensing instantly that he was a man “whose soul was alike a star and dwelt apart”? As far as we know not one word did God ever speak to him in the company of men.Face down he communed with his God gen 17:3, and the innate dignity of the man forbade that he assume this posture in the presence of others.
Moses also was a man apart. While yet attached to the court of Pharaoh he took long walks alone, and during one of these walks while far removed from the crowds he saw an Egyptian and a Hebrew fighting and came to the rescue of his countryman exodus 2:12. After the resultant break with Egypt he dwelt in almost complete seclusion in the desert. There while he watched his sheep alone the wonder of the burning bush appeared to him Exodus 3:1-3, and later on the peak of Sinai he crouched alone to gaze in fascinated awe at the Presence, partly hidden, partly disclosed, within the cloud and fire.
The Christian desire for loneliness
The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will, of course, be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all, he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord’s house. He has seen that of which they have only heard, and he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered, “He has seen a vision
Characteristics of the lonely Christian
One that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a haughty man
nor is he the holier-than-thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature
the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the broken-hearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world he is all the more able to help it.
The Christian today
The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful “adjustment” to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints.
A Christian must protect his relationship with God, even if loneliness is the price to pay. Not all homes have the solid foundation for spiritual growth, some homes have destroyed the saints who walked most parts of his life in the lord.
Ask for examples
Finally, Christ even warned that one might be a hindrance to this relationship making the Christian loneliness even deeper
The sermon, The Christian Must Walk Alone, by Brother Lanre Oginni, was delivered on November 26, 2017.