Slow and Steady
“Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.” Leviticus 6:13 ESV
I am a football fan. My team has never gone to the Super Bowl, but I still watch the playoffs and pick a team to root for in the Super Bowl. Super Bowl LI was no different. I watched the Atlanta Falcons come out in all their excitement and devour the New England Patriots in the first half. In the second half, it seemed like all that energy Atlanta showed in the first half burned out so they had nothing left for the second half and then a quick devastating (for them) overtime.
God reminded me of how new Christians can look very similar. When we come to faith we are filled with a joy that passes understanding. We feel alive for the very first time and we just want to run and do all sorts of things. Keeping up with that initial pace will lead us to burn out. Unlike the Atlanta Falcons, we have more life to live. When we fall into that burn out, we have the opportunity to fall into the arms of Jesus. There He fill us with His love, and instructs us to follow at His pace.
New England played the game with a much different style. They played at a consistent pace from start to finish. From the coaching staff on the sidelines to the players on the field, everyone kept their cool and kept playing the game methodically almost like a machine. Now I am not saying our life with Jesus should be mechanical, but we have a long race to run with Him and the pace He sets will help us to stay strong to the end. He created us after all and He understands best, the pace of life we need to live.
As a church body we can be guilty of encouraging others to live like Atlanta played. We see the excitement of a young believer and we help them find all forms of ministry to participate in instead of encouraging them to slow down and be still with God. Let us all submit to God and let our pace match that of what God Himself has laid down for us. As we do this is in our own lives, let us also encourage others to do the same.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12: 1-2 NKJV
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10