Everyone loves exercise. Wait. What? That might be true for some, but it is not true for me. I like what exercise does for me, but the act itself is painful and requires discipline! I try to go running a couple of times a week, but if I’m being honest (and I try to always be honest in my writing) I usually end up walking more than running. I am encouraged that I have yet to find a scripture encouraging my daily jog with Jesus, but there are many verses about our walk with God!
Psalm 81:13 (ESV) Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
Galatians 5:16 (ESV) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
True confession, I hate running. I’m sorry exercise people, you may now cast your head down in shame of my discretion. I don’t like it. It’s ok in small spurts, but I can’t imagine trying to run everywhere all the time. I’m no Forest Gump.
It is my experience that when people run, they are usually running for a specific purpose or to a specific destination, but when people walk it is often more about the journey. It’s enjoyable to bring someone along for a walk, because you can have a great conversation while walking! It’s more challenging to converse in mid run. Being out of breath makes it a pain to communicate without long, breathy pauses.
Walking with the Spirit enables us to please God. Everywhere we go we should walk with the Spirit. Too often we give into temptation because we walked over to a place where the Spirit of God did not lead us to go and so we left Him behind. We must make every effort to follow God’s leading in every area of our life. Is the Spirit of God going to that party on Friday night? If not then why are you going?
Growing in God is not a sprint, but a marathon. A walk takes longer. Spiritual growth is not sprung over night, but over time. A walk implies slow and steady progress. Too often we try to run ahead, get out of breath and then we have stop and catch our breath. God’s design is to walk with us, and to help us steadily grow to become more like Him. He also usually takes it one step at a time. Every morning when we get up we should ask the Lord, what step would you have me take today?
Now, I am not saying there isn’t a destination in our walking. God has intention for us, but His first priority is always our relationship with Him. We must have Spiritual health ourselves, before we can lead others to obtain Spiritual health. Walking with the Lord makes us healthy, because it is spiritual exercise and discipline.
You know what doesn’t make us healthy? Sitting in a church pew, but never exercising our faith. Just like in life if all we do is sit, never getting up to move, we will get fat and unhealthy. Sadly, there are many spiritually unhealthy people in our world who need to get up and stretch their legs and begin walking with Jesus.
Hebrews 12:1 (ESV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
As we walk through this life, let us keep the end in mind. Heaven awaits! When I get there I will be face to face with a God whom I have been walking with my entire life. Wouldn’t it be horrible to get to Heaven and meet God and it’s like meeting a stranger? That isn’t God’s plan for us. He longs to reveal Himself to us now.
Through our daily walk with Him we can grow in relationship with our amazing God. We can get to know His character. We can move past the image of a distant God, to a deep close personal intimate relationship that will last through eternity.