Many of us may be using an airport for holiday travel this winter. I remember the first time I saw a moving walkway in an airport. So cool! Especially in large airports, these moving walkways reduce the burden of the thousands of steps hauling carry-on luggage, often with family in tow.
In many ways, our school mission of discipleship training is much like one of these moving walkways. The Scriptural principles that guide the process of making true disciples are a tremendous accelerant to the growth of our students. Jesus himself encourages us to lay down the burdens of this world, and to partner with Him on this amazing faith adventure. Exhausted legs and calloused feet receive rest and rejuvenation when we hop on the path God has laid out for us.
I know at times I have balked at using the moving walkway in an airport. Perhaps I wanted to get some extra exercise. Or maybe I was a bit critical of the “laziness” of those taking the free ride. Occasionally my pride or insecurity held me back. Sometimes I just wanted to prove that I could go faster on my own two feet.
At the airport, the choice of using the moving walkway or not using it has minimal consequences. But the choice to partner with Jesus and walk on His path has true Kingdom and eternal implications. Much like standing on a moving walkway, being a part of a discipleship community like CCS will help get you where God wants you to go a bit faster. Those who truly cooperate with the plan and the path and keep their feet moving will experience rapid speed and growth. Still, the option remains to even walk backward on the moving path and literally go nowhere. This last option often requires the most work and provides the least fruit.
I encourage all of us to consider what God expects of our us in this community. First, are our feet planted solidly on God’s path? Are they pointed in the right direction? And are they moving in the unique way God expects of each one of us? What a blessing to be a part of this discipleship community! Thank you for sharing this journey with us as we move toward the amazing destination of heart transformation and Kingdom investment.
And if you see a moving walkway on sale that can take me from my couch to my refrigerator this holiday season, let me know! That is one ride I won’t balk at!