Monday, March 15, 2010

The Law of Inertia

Rev. Clark Armstrong taught me something very interesting the other day. It’s the Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion – The Law of Inertia: In the absence of a net force, the center of mass of a body either is at rest or moves at a constant velocity.

Simple, right? Well, I never took physics so these words do not mean much to me. But part of this Law of Motion is a little more familiar: An object that is in motion will not change its velocity until an unbalanced force acts upon it. In other words, if something is moving it will keep moving until something makes it stop. A car that is coasting will eventually stop because of the wind-force acting against it. If you slide a book across the table it will eventually slow down because of friction – an “unbalanced force” is acting upon it. A Christian will eventually stop growing because the worries of the world are working against him/her.

People are in motion all the time. In our Spiritual lives, we are constantly moving. But often the world acts as an unbalanced force against our spiritual growth. We can keep moving forward, but unless there is something (or Someone) that is giving us more energy, this friction will eventually keep us from growing. We’ll just plain stop. Perhaps you have experienced this: As Revival gets farther and farther behind us, have you felt yourself slowing down spiritually?

So what are you doing to continue to move forward? Have you just been relying on the last special event, revival, or camp you last attended to get you through to the next one? Let me tell you from experience, you cannot live from special event to special event. You have to keep nurturing your faith every day. Just as you need food daily to continue to function (and you probably eat multiple times each day), you need to feed your faith as well!

There are lots of ways to do this!
1. Take part in our worship services. Entering into the Presence of God with a community of believers is a life-changing thing. I’ve heard some people complain about how they are “at the church whenever the doors are open” – saying that they are too involved. In contrast, I can’t think of a better place to be if I want to keep growing closer to God!

2. Daily Scripture reading and prayer are perfect daily routines to get into. After years of Bible Study, I am still constantly learning new things from Scripture.

3. Becoming a part of a Sunday School class and a small group are great too. Walking through life with other believers is a crucial part of our Christian walk!

4. Get plugged into a ministry. As we read Scripture, we see that as Christians grew they naturally became a part of a ministry in their church. Think of the seven leaders that the Apostles appointed in Acts 6:1-7.

5. Take advantage of special training days, focused classes, or teaching events that are offered by the church, the district, or other Christian organization. There are special classes for almost anything you want to learn! Paul the Apostle spent much of his pre-Christian life learning the OT Scriptures and how to apply them. Although the application part was changed when he met Christ, it is obvious that his education helped him know who God is and how He interacts with His people. Also, you might even try enrolling in a class or two from one of the nearby Christian colleges or seminaries!

6. Always have a book to read. The older I get the more I realize how many amazing, life-changing books there are in print. Any genre of book that you might enjoy can be found with a Christian message. Let me know if you need help finding a book. If you don’t like to read, let’s talk and see if we can’t find a book that would help you get started.

7. Tell others about your faith! I once heard that you have truly mastered something once you are able to teach it. Perhaps a better way to understand this is that the more we share our faith others, the more we are able to understand it ourselves.

From the April 2010 Church Newsletter -- Victory Hills Church of the Nazarene

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