Running a marathon. Enthusiasm to become a Godly man or woman is good, but don’t let stress steal your growth.

Posted: July 27, 2014 in Accountability, perservence

I became a Christian in college. I was so eager to grow that I constantly read, memorized and studied the Bible. I felt like I was behind so I had to make up lost time. At times it was quite draining and there was a point about 5 years into my Christian life, I stopped a lot of disciplines that had helped me grow spiritually. I forgot that becoming a disciple and disciple maker is like running a marathon and not a sprint.

Colossians 2:6 is a verse filled with important truth that will help you and I finish the marathon. It is one thing to decide Jesus is the boss and quite another to live that way year after year. We all start with eager faith and for sure Jesus is going to be in charge. Satan doesn’t get too excited about our declaration because he has alluring diversions that look innocent enough but they have a snake somewhere along the way. We must allow Jesus to be the boss every day for the next few thousand days we are on the planet.

That verse also says we are to walk or live in him. I love the word “walk.” Isaiah 30:21 along with John 14:16 really help to understand that the Holy Spirit is a still small voice whispering to us all along the road of spiritual growth as we walk with him.

Be diligent in pursuing Jesus but take your time. We should want to finish like Paul speaks about in 2 Timothy 4:8 “…I’ve run through the pain barrier; I’m on the last lap and the finishing tape’s in sight. The Word on the Street

How can you make sure you have the right pace in your Christian growth?

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