Slow Walkers

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

I cannot stand to be stuck behind slow walkers. I'm not talking about people who simply cannot walk fast. I'm talking about those who choose to meander at a snail's pace. I love you; I just don't like how you walk.

If you are walking ahead of me at the store, I will take the smallest opening to zoom past you. Grocery shopping is not pleasurable. It is a necessary evil, and it must be finished in as short a time as possible.

I'm a slow walker. Everyone is. Some of us walk faster physically, but spiritually, we are slower than turtles.

Sanctification is a slow process. That's why I get so impatient with myself and others. I can try to hurry it up, but I end up tripping and falling into a trap of sin. Two steps forward, one fall into a hole.

One cannot hasten holiness. Why do you think we are given a lifetime to prepare for heaven, to prepare to meet our Maker face to face?

This is a daunting thought, but it is also full of hope. Jesus is both the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus made a way for us to be right with God--as long as we have confessed Jesus as Lord and believed in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9), we are in right standing with God--and He continues to purify us from all unrighteousness as we confess our sins to Him (1 John 1:9).

Becoming like Jesus is both instant and life-long. We live in Christ since we have died to the flesh (Galatians 2:20), and He became sin so that we could become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). And we are being made perfect. We are still following Jesus, seeking His face, dying to ourselves and running the race.

That race is a marathon run at about .01 miles per hour. But we're gonna get there! We've been promised, and God never fails.

Keep walking. I'm going to try to hold myself back and not pass you on this one because I know I'll only trip and fall. Let's slow down and savor each moment with our Savior. He's right beside us, slow as we are.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

4 comments:

  1. The way my pastor would say it - if she were to talk about me, she would say that I am not slow in anything :)

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  2. I understand, same way. here. Excellent perspective

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  3. day by day and step by step. We are steady and focused we will hear Well Done!

    @spreadingJOY
    Marie
    spreading-joy.org

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  4. I am a fast walker and often times in way too much of a hurry! Thank you for this reminder to slow down...I feel like I have been racing around constantly lately...

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