Walking in the Spirit [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — November 30, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
You can’t manufacture spiritual fruit; but you can bear the fruit of the Spirit every day!
Today’s Texts: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16, ESV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22–23, ESV)
I love going for long walks on the beach with my wife.
We hold hands, we talk, we listen, and we laugh. We pause for an unusual shell or a shark’s too in the sand. We squeeze each other’s hand when we see toddlers tumble with their plastic pails in the surf because we remember our days picking up wee ones from the foam. We walk and watch the gulls and the geese.
I’m not sure why walking on the beach with my wife is so much richer than simply sitting together. Maybe it’s just the movement. When you walk with someone you are moving in a common direction and, somehow, it unites you.
Paul tells the Galatians that the key to overcoming sin and bearing sweet spiritual fruit is walking in the Spirit. The Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life is a walk.
It’s almost hard to imagine. The Holy Spirit loves you and delights in you the same way that a good friend or a spouse loves to walk alongside you. In fact, the Greek word that Jesus uses for the Holy Spirit, parakletos, means “called along side.”
I’m glad God has invited us to walk with Him. It feels like something I can do. If we were invited primarily to work for Him, it’d be exhausting. If we were invited primarily to run with Him, it’d be overwhelming. But we’re invited to walk.
One interpreter renders the Greek phrase, “keep in step with the Spirit.” As He steps, we step. As He turns, we turn. If He pauses we pause.
Life with God is a walk with the One who loves you most. Remarkably, as you walk with Him, you discover that your appetite for lesser things grows small. When you walk “by the Spirit,” it just leaves every other “spirit” and every ungodly distraction by the wayside. And, the more you walk with God, the more His life sneaks into yours. You’ll bear spiritual fruit simply by walking by the Spirit. And that’s the Gospel!