If we want to walk with someone, we need to walk the same speed they are walking. If we walk faster or slower than the other person, we either get ahead or behind them and we are no longer walking with them.
Paul reminds us that if we want to walk with the Spirit, we need to keep in step with the Spirit.
As we physically walk with someone else, we constantly monitor their pace so that we can adjust our pace to theirs. We may do this consciously or unconsciously.
Walking with the Holy Spirit requires conscious adjustment of our walk to Him.
Our role is to adjust to the Spirit, not expect the Spirit to adjust to us.
In order to adjust to the Spirit, we must first be able to sense the direction and leading of the Spirit.
Sensing the direction and leading of the Spirit requires 2 things.
First, we must have the Holy Spirit indwelling us.
Second, we must actually seek the direction and leading of the Spirit.
Far too many followers of Jesus assume that the Spirit will “nudge” us when He wants.
They fail to see the need to seek the Spirit.
Consequently, they live their life with their own plans while waiting for the “nudge” of the Spirit.
Paul tells us that we are to “…keep in step with the Spirit…”.
Keeping in step with the Spirit is our responsibility.
As physicians, this may be particularly difficult because of our busy schedules. We are often more familiar with using our time doing something rather than seeking Someone.
In addition, in medicine we often become too self-reliant.
We begin to depend on our own abilities far too much and fail to seek a Helper.
When that happens, the Lord might even allow us to go through a time of humbling.
We fight these trends by actively seeking the direction and leading of the Spirit in order that we can keep in step with the Spirit.
Like so much in the spiritual life…it is a process.
A process of learning to seek and perceive His direction and leading…
A process that can begin today…even now…
Prayer: Holy Spirit, teach me how to walk in step with You.