In Galatians 5:25, Paul gives this great challenge to the Galatians and to all who follow Christ.
He writes, "If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit."
In English, the word “if” indicates that there’s a possibility that it’s true or not. If I say, “If we go to Kroger later, then we’ll pick up a turkey.” Are we going to Kroger later? Dunno. It’s a big “if”.
But Galatians was written in a different language (Greek) and was translated into English so we could read it in our own language. If we look back at the original, this “if” actually means “since”... as in, “Since we live by the Spirit”. So then, Paul is saying...
“If we live by the Spirit…” and we do. According to John 3:1-5 and Titus 3:5, the Holy Spirit is the One who regenerates us and gives us new life. We LIVE by the Spirit so... “Let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Awana is our children’s ministry on Wednesday nights, and part of our time together is Game Time. Some of the games are relays, races around the Awana Circle. One of the most challenging races is the Three-Legged Relay. Clubbers are paired together and a velcro band is placed around their inside ankles. Once the whistle blows, the race is on!
What is the key for the running their race well? Keeping in step.
Now think about the Christian life. In Galatians 5:7, Paul says, “You were running well.” This is a race that we’re in. And the starting gun goes off and, according to Galatians 3:2, we start running with the Spirit.
What’s the key in our life to running well? Keeping in step.
“Keep in step with the Spirit.”