Keep in Step
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” ~Galatians 5:25
Other translations say, “The Spirit has given you life, we must follow the Spirit” and “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Seen together, we get a deeper understanding of what this means. It makes me think of a baby with their mother, pre-birth. The umbilical cord connects them and allows the baby to live. Where mum goes, baby goes. The baby (us) cannot live without the mother (the Spirit) - Paul is telling us that we have the same relationship with the Spirit of God. Our existence is AS dead unless we walk with Him. Sure, we can muddle through the day, but there is no energy, no joy, no peace. Verse 22 tells us that walking in step with the Spirit gives us access to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control.
Or, consider this…Walking is a forward motion, always moving away from the past. So many wallow in former grievances, building a shell of bitterness that destroys any joy they might have in the Lord. The past could be connected to guilt, but we are to live, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” ~Philippians 3:13b
The spiritual life in an active one, never boring; God always has something new for us to learn. Isn’t that exciting? And even better, when we walk, we walk with friends. FRIENDS!!! We are friends of the living God!
“I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” ~John 15:15b
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