illustration by Maria Petrova 

Kanye was right all along! Jesus walks. Of course, l do not mean this in pejorative way but have you noticed that Jesus was never in a hurry or in haste throughout his ministry? He literally walked everywhere and the one time he had to ride an animal, he chose a donkey, a walking animal! Even when urgent news reached His ears (as in John 11, when He heard about Lazarus’s illness), He waited on the Father’s timing, rather than respond even to His friend’s need. He showed us that we can still reach purpose with a pace of grace.

God has a pace for everything concerning your life. He wants you to have a character that sustains everything he will give you. Are you walking with him at the right pace or you are far ahead of him? We cannot reflect the beauty of God if we’re too busy trying to be him, or too busy in general. Though followers of Jesus are not to be lazy (may it never be), we should be the most at-rest people, as we serve the God who has complete sovereignty over every atom in the universe.

” The gospel frees us from relentless pressure of having to prove ourselves and secure our identity through work…for we are already proven and secure.” (Tim Keller) God isn’t impressed with exhaustion. He isn’t glorified when you take on so many responsibilities that your soul floods with unrest and discontentment. Feeling burnt out isn’t a badge of faithfulness.

Our obsession with busyness and hurriedness isn’t just a scheduling problem. It’s a heart problem. It stems from the enemy, I read somewhere that if the enemy can’t get in front of you and stop you, he will get behind and push you. So why do we hurry? Because we’re running our lives and trying to get what we want. We want to accomplish more. We want to be important and we want to be liked by people. We want to be in control. Being in a hurry causes us lots of anxiety. But if we put God in charge of the situations of our life then we will be peacefully unhurried. If in whatever situation you find yourself, instead of pressing, you pray and abandon outcomes to God then “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

If Jesus, who had the most important ministry in all of history, saw walking as essential, how much more should His followers adopt His example?


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