I don’t like running. I’ve never experienced the “runner’s high.” I appreciate the health benefits from running, but not enough to do it. I’m not competitive about running either. It doesn’t matter to me if the next guy can run faster than I can. And neither am I interested in running the same distance in less time than I did before.
I’d rather walk.
Spiritually speaking, I know that I’m in a race. It’s a matter of life and death. There’s a prize for everyone who runs the race in order to attain it. Dropping out is not an option. To forfeit this race is to lose everything.
The upside of this race is that we run using Someone else’s energy. Renewed in the strength of the One who already has finished the race for us, we can run and not be weary.
But how do we do that?
We run by walking.
Only by walking with God can we finish this race. We don’t walk to conserve our energy. We walk to renew our energy with His supply. Only by walking in the Spirit–step by step by step–will we be continually energized for the race before us.
Our Champion shows us how. It’s been said of Jesus that He was “always busy, but never in a hurry.” He walked with His Father and talked with His Father, staying attentive to His agenda, responsive to His will, and dependent upon His power. No one has run the race better.
The race of faith is my kind of race because I can walk the whole way.
Let’s walk together so we can encourage one another.
And let’s remind each other.
Slow and steady wins the race.