I heard it stated recently that we live in a hurry-up offense society. Another metaphor is permanent white water. Rather than paddling down a peaceful river, most people today are shooting the rapids 24/7. This makes for very little calm and a lot of chaos.
Christianity offers a better alternative to the world’s way of living. In contrast to our hurry-up, no-huddle, permanent white water society, the Bible presents a more excellent way (1 Cor. 12:31).
While the Bible sometimes refers to the Christian life as a race to be run (Heb. 12:1), for the most part it describes the life of faith as a walk. The examples are too numerous to name, but here is a sample from Scripture. We are to walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7), walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16), walk in love (Eph. 5:2), walk diligently (Eph. 5:15), walk worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:10), walk in wisdom (Col. 4:5), walk in honesty (1 Thess. 4:12), walk in the light (1 John 1:7), walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6), walk in God’s commandments (2 John 6), and walk in truth (3 John 4).
Rather than sprinting through the day in a frantic frenzy, the Bible presents the Christian progressing with a steady, determined walk. Rather than being driven by a never-ending desire to measure up to the world’s standard of success, believers are compelled to live for the purposes of heaven and to hear God’s word of commendation.
We are so conditioned by our world that it is going to take an intentional effort to slow down. Rather than trying to keep up with the flow of traffic rushing along at breakneck speeds, we need to lighten up on the gas peddle. The more you live for eternal priorities, the less you will be pushed along by earthly demands.
Resist the crazy pace of today’s out-of-control culture. Choose the more excellent way. Like Enoch, walk with God (Hebrews 11:5).
Pastor Todd Weston