Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

Set The Pace

A couple of weeks ago I started running again.  Actually, I’ve been a runner my whole life but took some time off for a number of reasons and since I have my eye on a couple of distance races this summer and fall, I decided I had better get moving again.

Any runner knows it takes time and practice to get your body in shape and to get the rhythm of your pace back.  It’s easy to start out too fast and fizzle out at the end or to start out too slow and have too much remaining in the tank at the end of a run.  Of course the key is lacing up the shoes and getting up off the couch and out the door in the first place.

I’ve been thinking a lot about pace lately and not just about running but more about my pace with God.  Sometimes I find myself getting out too far ahead of God thinking I’ve made it past a place and need to move on or do something else.  Then, God calls me back to his side and says, “No, we aren’t finished here.  Let’s not rush the process.”

Just as we can get ahead of ourselves, our spiritual race can also become too slow and we can become reluctant to believe what God said or trust His timing so our pace becomes like a snail’s pace as we re-think or over-think at every turn.

And then at times I find myself on the sidelines and won’t enter the race at all because I lack courage that I even have the capacity to run or finish the race.

Here’s what I’ve learned though: whatever my excuse is, if God is with me, I can run–the call is to run!  Galatians 5:25 says, Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  First Peter 2:21 says, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

The goal of the Christian life is to go at God’s pace, to be in step with the Spirit.  If we want to live into the fullness of what God has called us to be about then we must trust ourselves to the pace of God in our lives.  No, it isn’t always easy.  In fact, it takes a lot of sweat and tears and hard work!  However, if we constantly stay close to the One who calls us we can run this race strong with a passionate heart toward God, our spiritual muscles in sync with the Spirit.  We do not have to just survive this life, we can live victoriously into our identity and calling in Christ.

Will you lace up your shoes and enter the race?  Let’s get in shape, move at God’s pace and stay in step with the Spirit together!