For the past few months I’ve been studying the four Gospels, over and over, going through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and then back through again. To supplement my study of Jesus’ walk on this earth, I’ve been reading two books, “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer and “To Hell with the Hustle” by Jefferson Bethke. These books help me to look at the Gospels a little differently. I want to live the pace Jesus lived.
Sometimes as Christians, we can easily look at Jesus like He was Clark Kent — as Superman, He can use His powers whenever He needs to. But if you go to Luke, in chapters 3 and 4, we see three distinct times in the life of Jesus when God’s Word says He was filled with the Holy Spirit. And in Mark chapter 1, when Jesus was being baptized by John the Baptist, we see that the Spirit of God descended on Him like a dove and He was filled. For me, this revelation was eye-opening. What Jesus did was by the Spirit of God — that’s how He was moved to do miracles.
Throughout His life on earth, Jesus followed two commands: He submitted to the Father and He depended on the Holy Spirit. These two things are so simple we can do them today! This has given me a new perspective and a new hope that I don’t have to try to be Superman. Jesus wasn’t. He simply did these two things — submit to the Father and depend on the Spirit. With every step along His earthly journey, He took captive His thoughts and walked with God.
These two steps are simple, but they are very difficult to do. We’re a distracted culture. We constantly feel the need to touch our phones. It’s incredibly hard for us to sit and do nothing, to take our time. Our culture tells us to sleep less and get more work done, but if we look back at the life of Jesus, that’s not what He did at all. He stopped and slowed down regularly. He left time in His schedule to be interrupted. While on the way to heal a little girl, He was touched by a woman suffering from a lifelong illness. He stopped for that woman and had a beautiful, intentional moment with her. When He could have insisted He had somewhere important to be, and quickly, He made a point to walk at a pace where interruptions were invited.
I’ll be the first to admit, I have a hard time with this. Especially in baseball, it’s hard to sit and rest. What’s captivated me about this study is that Jesus walked at a different pace. I want to take my time. I have to ask myself, “Am I the one on the road counting the cars in front of me, trying to save 30 seconds? What would that extra 30 seconds give me?”
I want to really prioritize my life, not getting caught up in being the most successful or having the most followers on Instagram, but walking the way Jesus walked.
— Steven Souza, Chicago Cubs outfielder
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