Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.
God offers us everything we could ever want in life. Sometimes those things are tangible but the majority of them are not. Salvation, love, the strength to endure. The strength for what we call “The Race” or “The Walk” which imply different things, one cannot run and walk at the same time. It’s physically impossible. Which is fine! We are talking about the duality of our public spirituality (The Race) and the private spirituality (The Walk) that we experience in this life with God. In to both of those, if we pray and ask God for it, He will pour strength to continue on even when things look dire. Christians suffer the same malignancies that anyone else suffers from. We experience cancer, HIV, addiction and suicide just like any other person. God is not going to write us a blank check to be free from all of these things. If we did we would wonder why we even needed Him to begin with. That’s another thing we have a problem with as Christians, pride. It is so easy to think that we have it all because our position in Heaven is secure.
Strength not Solutions
So how do we solve all of these problems in Christianity…in life. Again we have a duality we must walk because we all act differently in public and in private, it’s easy to say just try to act the same. If only it really were that simple. I do this, I am sure others do but we pray for solutions instead of strength and that is not what we should do. Instead flip that and beg God to give you the strength to defeat what is ailing you. It doesn’t matter if it is cancer or a virus. It can be the desire to beat an addiction or the thought of suicide. That strength may come as a physical blessing or maybe the strength to step out of the shell you’ve created around yourself so that you can reach out to someone for help. That trial is food for you to grow in, if God washed it away you wouldn’t flourish. We should pray for the strength to carry on that race and find peace in the walk we have with God.
Walking and Running
The power we exhibit in our Christian lives comes from the ability to have synergy in our lives with God. First we have to learn to crawl and then we can walk and then we can run. To do each of those we must grow in strength. We grow in strength by reading the bible, praying, facing trials and just simply being what God wants us to be. Those are the fruits of our labors that we dine on to grow. Synergy is the interaction of two or more things so that the whole is greater than the separate pieces. You cannot run God’s race unless you are walking with Him every single day of your life. To do so is to make a farce of the life He wants for us. We mess up and it is unfortunate but to willfully on a daily basis pretend to be a Christian outside while on the inside you are not makes you a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
God has solutions for everything that we could ever imagine but if we are just asking for handouts then how can we say that we walk with God? How can we run the race if God isn’t center in our life? We need His strength more than we need the solutions that we try to prioritize over Him. We can walk and run at the same time in fact we have to! The closer you try to be with God and the more you grow in faith because of that will allow you to do something that impact this world. Maybe it is on person or maybe it is a multitude. The quantity doesn’t matter nearly as much as the fact that you are making an impact by walking with Christ and Running to God. Small successes lead to greater goals.