You see many Christians, as God’s children, are all too satisfied to remain on our backsides, or only crawl when instead we could run. We hit the milestone of turning over, of saying the salvation prayer and turning our lives over to Christ, but that’s where our progress ends. Our tummy’s become so rough and raw by the end of it, that many often turn right back over, giving up.
Have you tried crawling instead of walking? Try it sometime (if you’re brave enough!) Take a walk around the block, but instead crawl. Not only is it more taxing on your joints, your skin, your muscles, your whole body, but it takes more time and energy to accomplish the task. Such is it in the Christian “walk” for those who are satisfied at salvation. You know and see that there is more for life to offer, but the everyday shuffle has you so worn out you have no energy or will to give to God. God has SO much more in store for us – He wants us to RUN, not just crawl!
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,…” Hebrews 12:1
There are at least three other verses in the New Testament alone that mentions our lives, our walk with God as a race:
Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 9:24, and 2 Timothy 4:7. Who races on their hands and knees?
I think God is looking at our tiny fists holding tightly to His finger, urging us to take our first steps; to step out to develop a deeper faith in Him, to grow in our understanding of His love and purpose for us, to learn how to not only walk, but to run with joy into His waiting arms at the end of the race.
I watch my now 20-month old daughter run, and everything about her movements express pure joy. Her arms start pumping, her legs move so fast she positively bounces, and her face…. On her face in the biggest, toothiest grin. That’s what God wants for us, His children. To run with unabashed joy and giddiness, wrapped in His love and purpose as we go. Are you ready to take your first step?