“I Walk the Line” was a song written and recorded in 1956 by Johnny Cash. It became his first number one hit on the Billboard charts. Cash was newly married at the time, and the song was meant to be a pledge of devotion to his first wife, Vivian.
I am walking a line. I think each of us are walking a line of some kind, whether we realize it or not; whether we want to admit it or not. I want the line that I walk everyday to be representative of my pledge of devotion to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. An invisible line is a difficult line to walk; it’s hard to follow something that you can’t see. Most days I proceed ever so cautiously; teetering and hesitating like trying to traverse a high wire in bulky boots without a net.
What is my line? It’s a line attempting to be “in” the world but not be “of” the world.
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19 (NIV)
Later in John 17:16 when Jesus is praying for His disciples prior to His arrest, He says, “They are not part of this world any more than I am.” (TLB)
But how does that play out in real life? How do I put skin on that? I think it means, at least for me, to do more helping and less harping. More loving and less lecturing. Putting my arms around people more and pointing my finger at them less.
Jesus walked the line perfectly. God, Three-In-One, walked the line to the manger, He walked the line while living on this imperfect earth for 33 years and then He walked the line to the Cross. Totally blameless and sinless, He walked the line.
He was all Holy and God. He loved everyone. He loves everyone, present tense. He doesn’t love all my thoughts and actions; but He loves me. I want the people who cross my line throughout the day to see God’s Amazing Grace and Love in me.
My line just gets blurry at times. When the conversations at the hair salon turn to gossip, can I stay on my line? When my Lord’s precious Name is used in vain, where is my line then? When no one is looking, am I navigating my line so that my thoughts and actions are total honoring God? Lots to work on here for me.
You’ve got a way to keep me on your side. You give me cause for love that I can’t hide. For you know I’d even try to turn the tide. Because you’re mine, I walk the line. ~ Johnny Cash
I’ll keep walking my line and hope you will join me!
Have a Blessed Easter!
Let’s Walk Worthy!