My neighbor and I walk together regularly. Our first few steps are important because we use them to match our strides and speed so we are walking side by side. In this way we can carry on a conversation. If our steps don’t match we can’t walk together. One of us will always be ahead of the other. Walking together keeps us motivated and builds a stronger friendship. In other words, it’s a good time.
In Galatians 5:25 Paul writes, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” As Christians we need to work closely with the Spirit and match steps with Him. He is in the world to be our companion on our faith journey. We can’t navigate the path of faith in this world without Him.
We sometimes think it is His job to match our strides, and we want to be the ones in charge of setting the pace and the course. We have neither the wisdom nor the foresight to chart our way. To keep in step with the Spirit is to walk with God. We are not to walk ahead of Him or behind Him, just with Him, conversing and growing deeper in faith. Matching the Spirit’s stride keeps us inspired and strong when the path of faith is rough. As we walk with God we know we can trust the course and pace He has set for our journey.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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