I like movement. I don’t like sitting around, just passively surviving. I want to help people, solve problems, follow Christ, and share Him with the world. All of these things require action on my part. When I hear about a person in need, sitting still means not helping, where as movement leads to help. When I’m convicted about sin in my life, sitting still leads to a hardened heart, but movement leads me to Christ.
I’ve thought a lot about the concept of movement recently, mainly because my brother is planting a church in Richmond, Va. called Movement. His desire is to see a group of people moving toward Christ together and reaching the city with the hope of the gospel. To help you grasp the idea of movement, watch this short video. I think these babies may be onto something.
Certainly, their movement is just humorous, but the type of movement I want to discuss is Holy Spirit initiated. The Holy Spirit doesn’t get much discussion in most of our churches. We acknowledge He exists and we agree that biblically He did some amazing things, but we’re not quite sure about His role in our lives today. But as I study about this Person of the Trinity, I see a mover. Each passage from this week describes Him either in action or causing action. In Genesis He hovered above the waters during creation. In John 7, Jesus described Him “as streams of living water flowing from within.” In Acts, the building shakes when the Holy Spirit shows up. And in 1 Corinthians 12, He empowers Christ-followers with gifts and abilities so they can carry the gospel to the world.
Our purpose on earth is to spread the gospel. Whether it’s serving in a soup kitchen, repairing a roof, or telling the story of Jesus to someone searching, our mission here is to move where the Holy Spirit leads. How do we know what He wants us to do? Do we have to say yes every time an opportunity opens up? Do we have to have all the facts and an organized plan? No, all we have to do is listen and move. The same Spirit who empowers us points us in the direction we need to go.
Following Christ requires movement, first by Him and then by us. He left heaven and took our place on the cross. We move ourselves off the throne of our lives and let Him be our Lord. When we decide to move on His cue and in His direction, we begin to understand the privilege of being part of His plan. So next time you feel led to do something, say something, or repent of something, do it. The Spirit will point the way—you just have to move.