“…Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” — Hebrews 12:1
The first thing to emerge at a baby giraffe’s birth is its front hooves and head. Minutes later, the newborn is hurled from its mother’s body, falls ten feet, and lands on its back. Within seconds, it rolls to an upright position; it views the world for the first time and shakes off any remaining birthing fluid.
The mother giraffe lowers her head just long enough to take a quick look at her calf, and then she does what seems to be a very unreasonable thing—she kicks her baby, sending it sprawling head over heels. If it doesn’t get up, she kicks it again and again until the calf finally stands on its wobbly legs. Then what does the mother giraffe do? She kicks it off its feet! Why? She wants it to remember how to get up.
In the wild, baby giraffes must be able to get up as quickly as possible to stay with the herd and avoid becoming a meal for lions, hyenas, leopards, or wild hunting dogs. The best way a mother giraffe has of ensuring that her calf lives is for her to teach it to get up quickly and get with it.
Getting Christians moving forward—out of “park”—if you will, is tantamount to their health and survival. We have an enemy who is roaming about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The tentacles of this world system are seeking to attach themselves to an immobile believer.
Three steps that will propel you out of the jaws of danger are: study—pray—obey. Studying God’s Word reveals God’s path for our lives. Praying reveals God’s power for our lives. Obedience reveals God’s provisions for our lives.
I know this may sound a little too “tidy” for us to believe—it seems too simple. So many people stumble over this because we tend to want to complicate everything. Study, pray and obey—this plan has been tested and it can be trusted! So, kick it out of “park” and put it in “drive!” Yogi Bera said, “If we don’t get going, we’ll stay where we are!”