Never confuse motion with action.
Connections make my brain work. Recently, the preacher was teaching on legalism. When he started talking about the church not just meeting, but being in motion, guess what popped into my connecting brain? You got it! Wile E. and the Roadrunner.
That got me to asking myself two questions. First, am I in motion?. Secondly, if I'm in motion, what direction am I moving in? When I envision the Roadrunner, he's moving, moving fast, and typically moving forward. On the other hand, Wile E. Coyote is all over the place, forward, backward, in circles, sometimes even in slow motion, but rarely making much headway.
The Lord has been doing some incredible things in my life lately. The biggest one is showing me how to stay more focused on doing His will, or moving forward. I've written a lot about my God-sized dream, or what I perceived it to be. I'm learning that moving forward doesn't always look the same, but it does involve deliberate action.
I've heard more than one pastor preach that our movements should be up, in, and out. To me, in order to move forward it's crucial for our focus to be upward. In life, especially decision making, our only consistently accurate compass is the Lord. He's the only one who holds our past, present and future in His hands, and the only one who wants the best for His children.
Teaching on inward movement seems to be two-pronged. One interpretation is to turn our focus into the body of Christ, uplifting, challenging, supporting. Another inward perspective is internal, confronting sin, seeking the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. Both viewpoints seem to emphasize the importance of sanctification and consecration.
Finally, our spiritual journey should move us outward toward the lost and suffering. When we are attuned upward, receptive to the Lord's will, attuned inward to our brothers and sisters in Christ and our own spiritual needs, only then are our hearts tender and pure. Then, we begin to be equipped for reaching out to hurting people.
Getting a grasp on Christian movement leads me to the inevitable question, am I in motion or taking action? This is pretty deep stuff. Am I the Roadrunner, turning my motion into action? Or, am I Wile E. Coyote, all the right kinds of motion, up, in and out, but not a lot of action?
All I know is that the Lord loves me way more than I could ever deserve. He waits patiently while I spin my wheels, like Wile E. Coyote, moving, but not making any progress. And when needed, God prods me into moving forward, taking action, like the Roadrunner.
Are you in motion? What kind of actions do your movements produce?
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.