“I am not going to tell you again!”
“If I have to come in there one more time…”
Have those words ever come out of your mouth as you were talking with your kids? Most of the time when these words have been spoken, you are looking for some kind of action from your child. You are wanting them to pick up their room, get ready for bed or start doing something more productive than they are currently achieving.
In short, we want them to move!
Today I watched a message from Patsy Clairmount about “Living Lively” in which she talked about another situation where we need to keep moving. She talked about a story in John chapter five where Jesus came to the pool of Bethesda. There were lots of people lying there just waiting to be healed. They were waiting for the moment when the water was stirred so that they would slip into the pool and be healed. They either tried desperately to be the first into the pool or they relied on a friend to help them into the pool.
Well, on this particular day, Jesus walked up to a man that had been sick for 38 years of his life. He asked him, “Would you like to get well?” Jesus’ question was met with excuses. “I can’t. I have no one to help me! Someone else always gets in before me.” Instead of listening to his excuses, Jesus commands him to “Stand up, pick up your mat and walk!” In other words, “Stop just sitting here feeling sorry for yourself and get up and do something about it.” Jesus wasn’t interested in hearing all of his reasons on why he was still sick. He just wanted to man to demonstrate his faith in who He was and put action behind the faith.
I have been studying Hebrews 11 and 12 and have been reminded that they got themselves in the Faith Hall of Fame because they moved. They believed God’s Word was true and followed through with their belief by doing something about it.
If Jesus came up to you in your situation and asked you, “Would you like to get well?” or “Would you like to no longer be dealing with this problem?” or “Would you like this relationship restored?” or “Would you like to know what to do next?” What would you say? Would your answer be yes or would you start listing off the reasons on why you are still where you are at?
I don’t know what His question for you would be, but I do know He would have a similar answer for all of us. “Stop waiting, get up and start moving!” He told us in Ephesians to put on the whole Armor of God. Why would we even need a armor? Why don’t we have the full tuxedo or evening gown of God? Because God knew that we would always be in a battle. We can’t escape trouble in this world, but as long as we keep our confidence in the Lord we can keep moving.
What area of your life do you need to get up and start moving through?
James 2:17 (NIV)
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 1:22 (NIV)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Matthew 7:26 (NIV)
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.