Yesterday morning, I woke early and decided to squeeze in an hour’s bike ride before breakfast. By the time I got to the end of the street, I knew I had a problem. Rather than changing gear, quickly and efficiently, the rear derailleur sounded like a car-crash. Now, although I enjoy riding, I despise bike maintenance. Despite my reluctance, I put my bike on its stand and set aside an hour to sort the problem. Within two minutes, hey-presto! The gears were changing up and down as they would in a showroom. So, what did I do? The answer is simple. I simply turned a barrel 180 degrees in an anticlockwise direction.
In Ephesians Chapter 6, Paul instructs his friends to live by the Spirit. I really appreciate the literal approach of the ESV, which translates verse 25 as ‘keep in step by the Spirit’. I am sure that for many of us, that sounds like a really difficult instruction. However, I want to remind you of my recent discovery. There are times when small adjustments make huge differences. I want to encourage you then. As soon as you recognise that there is something in your life that is out of sync with the will of God. Stop. Take the time to stand back and reflect. Take the time to make adjustment in one direction or the other. Why? Because in doing so, you will honour God by aligning your life with his purpose and begin again to enjoy his rhythm of grace.