In most pulpits, websites and ministries, preaching to people how to “walk in the Lord” is one of the main focuses. In the Old Testament, you can find many, many verses that follow along this preaching. Notice how many times Deuteronomy alone says it (emphasis on “walk” mine).
If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in His ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:
Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in His ways, and to keep His statutes, and His commandments, and His judgments, and to hearken unto His voice:
The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in His ways.
However, the New Testament gives a new meaning to “walk” that so many do not understand.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
In Galatians chapter 5 alone it talks multiple times about walking with God, the Son and Holy Spirit. Walk, breathe, think Him. We are supposed to live and walk our everyday with Him. However, it does not stop there.
In two other verses from the New Testament it says:
1 Corinthians 9:24:
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Both of these verses speak of running the race . . . race of what? Truth is, we are supposed to walk with the Lord, but we are supposed to run for Him also.
I was recently talking to Pastor Gary from Reach America and he showed me something very interesting. He started with posts on theology from his FaceBook site. Those posts got the most likes and views. He showed me second place and then he got to the posts with the third amount of views: asking for help.
Views, likes and any interaction dropped drastically as soon as he asked for help from his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Sadly, this is where people are just walking with the Lord, happy that others are changing the world for Christ but they will not get out of their comfort zone and run for Christ themselves.
Truth is, running is hard. Those who truly train to run have to work endlessly to be good at it and maintain the ability to run well. For the average person, running well takes them out of comfort and throws them into a world of pain, trials and a whole lot more pain. But, in the end it is worth it.
So, Christians, where is the godly attitude of running the race for Christ? We will continue to sit down and not run for Christ and help those trying to impact for Christ? Why are the Christians I know cowards? Why don’t they stand up to help? Why aren’t they running the race?