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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.

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“I always forget how tall you are.” I hear that more regularly than you may think. I guess I should expect that at 6 feet 5 inches tall! Due to my height, I regularly out-pace most people I walk or run with. So I’ve learned over the years that if I’m going to walk with someone, one of us will need to adjust their pace.

The same is true if we want to develop a growing relationship with the Holy Spirit, or as the Apostle Paul calls it, “the fellowship of the Holy Spirit” (2 Corinthians 13:14). If you want to dive deeper into fellowship with the Holy Spirit, Paul gives a visual of how that happens in Galatians 5:25.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

Galatians 5:25 ESV

The life of a growing Christian involves constantly adjusting your pace to “keep in step with the Spirit.” His pace is different than ours. Sometimes He’s moving faster than us and we need to catch up. Other times, He’s moving slower and we need to resist our urge to get ahead of Him. The point is not trying to figure Him out; the point is to get in the habit of deliberately changing your pace to keep up with what He is doing, not just what you need to get done!

God isn’t trying to confuse you or lose you; He wants to teach you and guide you. The pace at which He leads and the purposes behind how He leads are up to Him. You and I keeping in step with Him is up to us.

Where is the Spirit leading you?

Where do you need to slow down?

Where might you need to speed up and step out?

Match your pace to His and you’ll find the grace to sustain you wherever He leads you.