Everyone is looking for the latest and greatest way to achieve this evasive and lofty prize. If you are like me you will toss ideas about until that one hits you just right. Could it be joining a new gym or training from home? Maybe hiking, that’s always fun….hmmm. What if I started running or could it be that new “whatchamacallit” widget that was on that infomercial last night? That looks interesting.
Well, I think that I have come up with one that will suffice all. Yes, the old faithful, the exercise that has been around since the beginning of time; the one foot in front of the other regimen. The wonderful exercise that Moses and the Israelites (they did it for 40 years) were so fond of… walking.
Let’s start by looking at it from a biblical perspective. Here are some interesting statistics. Did you know?
• Jesus walked 400 miles from Egypt to Nazareth.
• Jesus walked from Nazareth to Jerusalem and the return by age 30 which would total about 18,000 miles.
• Jesus walked approximately 3,125 miles during His 3-year public Ministry.
• Grand total miles Jesus walked, 21,525 Miles!
• The distance around the world at the equator is a little over 24,901 miles. That means that Jesus almost walked the entire circumference of the world!
Note: We were not there with Him on these trips so we can only draw a hypothesis, but many historians and theologians will agree with these statistics.
Let’s break this down even further – If Christ averaged 20 miles a day on all His journeys this would mean that He spent at least 1,076 days and nights on the road in His lifetime on earth! This is a total of two years, 346 days on the road! And no less this was all done by the age of 33.
I believe the above mileage concerning Jesus is very conservative. Here is what John one of Jesus twelve disciples writes in John chapter 21 verse 25 “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen”
Wow! Jesus was intent on his mission, correct? Is it not amazing that God loved us so much that he came down as a sinless savior in human form to not just tell us what needed to be done but to give a “hands on” lesson! Can you imagine walking those distances! And it is not an easy walk, there is the terrain, dirt roads, weather conditions, etc., but, he did it relentlessly. He was relentless! I like that word…
1. Ceaseless and intense; never slackening, but continuing always at the same intense, demanding, or punishing level That is Christ for us! All those miles endured were not just walking – It was His mission, His purpose, a spiritual walk for us.
So let me ask you a question. Are you walking? Are you relentless? Are you, as a leader, putting miles in your walk for Christ who not only walked, but died for you? Remember this, God COMMANDED us to go out and share our faith. I know that in some church’s today that is not “politically correct,” but I am more interested in what God thinks and being “spiritually correct” rather than what others may think of me, aren’t you? We know that we are not going to be able to keep up with Christ, but are we even attempting it? How many times a year do you share your faith?
People you pass daily are living without Christ, are you walking? Friends are wandering aimlessly about thinking, “Is this all there is?”, so are you walking? Is your ministry moving forward? Whatever your ministry may be, are you doing it? Friends’ time is short, Christ will be returning soon! Don’t you want to be in the best spiritual shape when He does?
So here is a tip for being in shape: put on your warm-ups, go and lace up your sneakers, stretch out just a little bit, pick up your cross…and go walk for God!
Stephen John Spivey