Overcomer #20 – Walking in the Spirit
Being in an airport recently, I stepped onto a moving sidewalk. I walked through the airport a little faster than walking on my own power.
I was still walking, but I could walk with ease because of the force underneath me propelling me forward.
Walking in the Spirit is like that. Paul urged us: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
Energized by God, we are always on the move. Stepping forward. Pressing onward. Reaching upward.
Walking in the Spirit begins as a learning process – like a baby learning how to walk. At first it can feel awkward and be a little wobbly. It’s not always smooth. Falls frequently happen.
Yet eventually a baby develops the strength and coordination to walk. Walking gets them further and faster than crawling.
Further, walking in the Spirit is not sitting in the Spirit. We don’t put our minds in neutral and coast, waiting for God to do everything. Rather, as the Spirit leads, we follow.
We walk in line with what the Holy Spirit is saying to us through his Word, through circumstances, through others.
With an inner sense of assurance, the Spirit guides us. Governs us. Gives our lives purpose and meaning. Enables us to reach the destination God has for us.
Walking in the Spirit is not running in the Spirit either. We don’t run through life in endless, exhausting activity, thinking that God is honored by our feverish busyness.
Just as two oxen walk together under the same yoke, Jesus invites you and I to a restful walk in tandem with him. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me” (Matthew 11:29). As the lead ox, Jesus walks a steady pace.
If you take a passive approach to your relationship with God, you’ll be painfully dragged along in the yoke because Jesus keeps walking.
If you try to race ahead or turn off in another direction, the yoke will chafe your neck and your life will be uncomfortable.
Yet as you pace yourself with Jesus – as you “keep in step” with his Spirit – your yoke will be easy and your burden light (Matthew 11:30).
And like a moving sidewalk, you’ll be propelled forward.
~ Pastor Dave