No matter what your political affiliation, most people would say they want a change in the direction of the country. The past eight years have engineered a social change that far exceeded the decade of love in the 70’s. If you are a Christian, you have likely lamented about the changes that have happened recently. While many believe we have gone too far down the path of wickedness, I am here to tell you there is still hope. We can learn the lessons from the past and make sure we don’t repeat them. Over the next month we will focus on taking personal accountability to have a positive influence and help turn the culture around.
To begin with, let me ask you a question. Are you at REST with your faith? Not at peace. Not comfortable with your faith. But is your faith resting.
Newton’s First Law of Motion states (and I am paraphrasing a bit) that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless some outside force acts on it.
Lets restate that and substitute faith with body.
Faith at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and Faith in motion will remain in motion unless some outside force acts on it.
So I ask you again. Are you at REST with your faith? Is your faith motionless? Has some outside force acted upon your faith to keep you from sharing it and having a positive influence on the bodies around you? Or is your faith fully in MOTION and being that unbalanced force that is acting on others to accelerate their own faith?
I am going to be honest. Too many Christians today are at rest with their faith. They are content to have it only activated on Sunday. I have fallen into that category and the only way to snap out of it is to allow Jesus, the unbalanced outside force to get us accelerated again.
I get it. I know it can take a tremendous amount of force to get a body from a resting position into motion.
- It takes 7.2 million pounds of thrust to get the space shuttle from a resting position on the launch pad to full motion in order to break out of the atmosphere. The primary force working against the space shuttle is gravity. It is the force that is trying to keep the space shuttle at rest. Gravity weighs us down and keeps us from moving. Anytime we are carry the weight of the world, we are slowed down by gravity. Gravity can keep us at rest.
- Now your car requires 8,000 pounds of thrust to get to moving to a speed of 60mph. While gravity doesn’t play a big part in keeping your car from moving, friction is the force that prevents a car from moving. Friction is the force that works against any object in motion. Any time we are stopped by some barrier we are being impacted by friction. The enemy loves to use friction to slow us down and get our faith to a resting position.
- The acceleration required for Usain Bolt to get his world record race was 9.5 meters per second squared. This is equivalent of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Which is faster than the 2017 Chevy Corvett, Ferarri and Porche 911. While gravity and friction have some impact. The force that predominantly opposes a sprinter is his/her own personal will. Here we have an amazing athlete who’s will is the primary resistance to his motion. When he hears the starter gun, he must will himself into motion faster than anyone in history. Anytime we don’t have the motivation, drive, passion or dedication to get ourselves moving, we are impacted by our own will.
What about you? What is keeping you from putting your faith in motion? Are you carrying too much baggage and letting the weight of its graving keep you motionless? Are you allowing life and its challenges to be the friction that slows you down? Are you just so worn down and tired that you don’t have the energy to will yourself into motion anymore? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. The church is full of tired, heavy laden and beaten down Christians. How do I know? If Christians were fully in motion and active in their faith, the US and the world look different? Think about it this way. 75% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. With such overwhelming majority, why is it that our country is in the shape it is in? How can we accelerate out of our resting position so we can break shatter sound barriers, break through the atmosphere and change the atmosphere? How can we be the church that is fully alive for Christ? Is there someplace or somebody we can learn from that can help us go from a faith at rest to a faith fully in motion for Jesus?
The answer is yes! Tomorrow we will begin to explore the answers.