Every servant of God intuitively knows the importance of a walk with God. Yet it is easy to allow other things to crowd out a consistent walk with God. Shepherds cannot faithfully serve the Good Shepherd without it. Genesis 5 gives a short but profoundly important account of the life of Enoch. Nothing specific is said about his life or vocation, but what is most important is what is said about his practice of life.
v23-24 So Enoch’s life lasted 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him.
How can it be that many who serve God publicly, do not walk with God privately as they should? I think what it comes down to is a matter of priorities, and what we really value in our lives. Is God truly enough for you? Do you find your contentment and satisfaction in life in him? If you do, your walk with God will follow. We practice what we value and prioritize.
People seek recognition, and desire to be valued by others. There is nothing inherently wrong with recognition, or being valued by others. What ultimately matters in life is whether or not we are walking with God. A great epitaph for any shepherd would be, “He walked with God; then he was not there because God took him.”