“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
Walking is a pretty mundane activity.
It’s not as glamorous as running. I’ve always wanted to be a runner but am definitely not one.
I am simply a very good walker.
Walking is what you learn early by falling down a lot.
It is what gets you to the kitchen in the morning for your first cup of coffee.
It is basic and boring and taken for granted unless you can’t do it anymore.
Charles Spurgeon said,
“That man has not yet learned the true spirit of Christianity who is always saying, ‘I can preach a sermon by faith.’ Yes, sir, but can you make a coat by faith? ‘Can you cook a dinner by faith?”.
The real work of life isn’t using your gifts by faith but living your life by it…walking by faith. Paying your bills, doing your job, cooking dinner, cleaning the toilet by faith.
Knowing that in these small necessary everyday things you are creating a life of
acknowledging that God’s power is revealed not just in the great but in the small. Not just in the extraordinary but in the absolutely ordinary.
It is when God’s grace and power are evident in washing the dishes, which for some may be easy but for others, it is an arduous and overwhelming task when you are tired and spent.
It is when you stop yourself from going all buck wild on the attitude you just received from your teenager and pray for wisdom instead of retribution to be rained drown on their heads.
It is when Christmas isn’t working out to be what you hoped for but you are able to roll with the punches and still enjoy the special moments that would otherwise be buried in resentment and disappointment.
That is when faith leads your life instead of sight. When what you see does not dictate how you behave, in small dull moments as well as big exciting ones.
It isn’t very exciting but it is totally life-giving.
Don’t worry about running your faith race today, just focus on walking it out faithfully.
Today may you walk slowly, steadily and consistently in faith in who Jesus is, what he has done and in who he is re-creating you to be.