Walk On

Posted on August 18, 2009 by

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Often times, I feel the “religious epidemic” of spiritual discontentment can be avoided when our expectations are grafted into the true heart of God. The Heavenly Father does not say “work harder, perform better, be spiritual enough”, but merely “walk”.

Walking is earthy and bland, not as flashy as a good hard run, or a exasperated sprint. Yet when we truly reflect on the whole of life, we find that most of our time is spent “walking” through the mundane. I am convinced it is in these daily experiences that the the true medal of our dependence on the Spirit’s power, or that of ourselves, is revealed. It is in this place, the walking of life, not in all the pomp and circumstance, that we experience some of the Gospel’s most supernatural expressions. It’s in a mother gently rocking her baby. A smile to a stranger on the sidewalk. A father welcoming home a wayward son. A man being slow to anger. A wife graciously forgiving a forgetful man. The list could go on.

Time and time we will perform for the “big show”, time and time again we will muster up enough grit to go on the stage of life, only to find ourselves exhausted and disappointed. God’s desire is that we would “walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). And not only that, but that we would wait upon the Lord for the strength to endure the race, not the sprint, but to compete well in the marathon of life.

When this God-enhanced perspective reaches a person they are set free (Romans 8). No longer bound to perform well by our works, we truly grow to cherish the precious work of the cross, while learning to daily rely on God’s grace for all our “walking moments”.

The writer of Hebrews leaves us with the great encouragement to fix our eyes on the One who is “the perfecter of faith”. In essence, in Jesus’ death and resurrection, the greatest stage was constructed and last performance was made. Jesus, the Great Performer, took all of God’s righteous expectations on Himself because of His deep hatred for sin and His great love for you (Titus 3:3-7). What a precious truth!

Allow the peace of God to wash over your daily walking. Know that in Christ all of our struggles, all of our trials, and of our shortcomings are made new (James 1). Ask Christ’s Spirit to explode in and through the mundane task at hand (Galatians 5:22). Today, cast your performance on the sufficiency of the Greatest Performer so that you may walk and not grow faint.

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