Paul writes; “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:26). Keep in step. The phrase makes me think of a march, or a dance. Where my foot lands is determined by where another’s foot has landed, Keep in step. Eugene Peterson translates it like this: “Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.” (The Message)
Keep in step with the Spirit, who is the life of Jesus indwelling you in present-tense power, imparting His very energy and impulses to each step we take. Does it sound exciting? Or impossible?
God does not issue a command for which He does not supply power. If He commands us to keep in step with the Spirit, then we can read that as His promise that He will empower us to do so. He does not intend that our Christian walk should be a struggle or a burden. Instead, He offers rest for our souls. Living in step with Him means living at rest.
For years I have been describing this walk as a praying life. To me, it means a dimension of living where your daily, minute-by-minute experience is walking in the flow of God’s provision. You are met at every step with the progressive unfolding of His tailor-made plan for your life (Eph.2:10). You cease your struggle to find the will of God because the will of God has found you.
Every moment is pregnant with purpose. Every moment is drenched in power. Prayer is no longer the means by which you attempt to get God to perform for you and becomes, instead, the means by which you connect with His heart and mind. A praying life is a life of peace and soul-rest. A praying life is lived in sync with the heart of Jesus.