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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Motion

An object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force!  


Thank you Sir Isaac for that nugget of knowledge known to most as Newton's first law of motion.  Basically, if you are moving, you will stay moving unless acted upon by something.  This is true of physical things, but I think Newton's law applies to spiritual things as well.  


God wants us heading in His direction.  That's no mystery.  That's why He created us.  When sin entered the world, He immediately put a plan in motion to redeem us through the sacrifice of His Son.  That would be the "unbalanced force" that can potentially change us from moving in an unhealthy direction.


We are all moving.  We are either moving towards God or away from Him.  What would your life look like if you were wise enough, courageous enough to move towards Him?  Get real practical...what would it look like for you to take one step towards Him?  He calls us to "Follow Him" in Matthew 4...it all starts with a step.  What would that step look like for you?


Belief?  Repentance?  Acceptance?  Baptism?  Tithing?  Forgiving?  Serving?  Loving?  


The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  He tells a sinful woman to go and "sin no more," and commands us to be perfect like God is.  Those things seem pretty daunting, and can cause many people to turn away and not think they are worthy or will ever be good enough to follow Him.  


Guess what...nobody is worthy.  Nobody is good enough.  That's where God's grace, mercy, and forgiveness kick in.  God knows we are sinners in desperate need of cleansing and took care of our unworthiness on the cross.  Now, the invitation awaits anyone and everyone who would choose to step towards Him.  He's waiting with open arms.  Will you take the step?


As you think about what your step looks like, consider this prayer of David:


"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Psalm 139:23-24

You are loved.  You always have been and always will be.  God has and continues to pursue you.  Will you open your life to Him?  He's done everything He can.  Now, it's time for you to take the first step.  Stay strong.

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