Idle Worship: The Power of Momentum

“Momentum” defined:

“The product of an object’s mass times it’s velocity; force or speed of movement”

Perhaps the most obvious example of momentum would be the tsunami: a showcase of the sea’s awesome power. A ten foot high, mile long wall of incredibly heavy water (the water in your average tub weighs over 300 pounds) moves at forty miles per hour towards an ill-prepared coastline. This momentum cuts a path through everything in it’s way.

How much momentum do you have as a Christian? I chose the words “Idle Worship” to describe the state of many believer’s spiritual lives…idle,  with no measurable power and momentum visible to the naked eye. Certainly, this is not God’s fault. A purpose of the Holy Spirit’s descent on Pentecost was that we might have power (Acts 1:8). Paul reminds us that God “has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power (2 Timothy 1:7).

How do we use this power to energize our spiritual lives? We conquer territory, and in doing so, we gain power and momentum to conquer more. It’s any Christian’s option to use this power to turn his life around and become a powerhouse for God. It’s easy to identify a Christian with momentum. He bears unmistakable fruit. Peter documents this momentum-

“add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to your knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)

There’s your checklist. There is no short-cut to spiritual maturity and power. You have to be willing to do the work. As you become more virtuous; as your grasp of the Bible increases; as you learn to control your behavior, and bring errant thoughts into captivity; as you develop a patient spirit…..you will sense the groundswell of God-fueled power and momentum begin to change the course of your life.

Sit idly by if you choose. The alternative is to see what all the “fuss” is about. See how your life, like so many lives before you, can be completely transformed before your eyes.