Momentum

Momentum.

The strength or force that something has when it is moving.

If you think you are sitting still, it is an illusion. Even when you are sitting quietly on your favorite chair, you and the chair are moving with the Earth through space. Everything is in motion.

The question is “Which direction are you moving?”

In our spiritual lives, we should ask ourselves if we are drawing closer to the Lord, or if we are slipping further away from Him. No one has a Christian life that is static. We are all moving towards the Lord or away from Him.

In many cases, the question boils down to a matter of quality, not quantity. Of course, every Christian should read the Bible; and some people would do well to simply carve out a little time each day for Bible reading. But for those people who are already reading the Bible, the question becomes “Am I reading this with a warm heart towards the Lord, or am I just going through the motions because I’m supposed to?”

The same holds true with prayer. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warned us not to pray with vain repetition (Matthew 6:7). There is nothing particularly spiritual about mindlessly clicking off a list just because we are supposed to pray. No wife wants to hear her husband say, “I’m talking to you because I have to. You have three minutes. Go.” And we do not delight the Lord when we think, “I really don’t want to do this, but I’m supposed to get my prayer time in. Go.”

It’s a great thing when our momentum is taking us in the direction of earnest prayer and Bible reading, not in the direction of mindless spiritual exercises. It’s great when momentum helps us do the right thing for the right reason with the right heart.

May the Lord help us to have the spiritual momentum that we need, and may He help us to recognize that proper spiritual momentum comes from a heart that earnestly and sincerely loves the Lord.

“I love the Lord,” the Psalmist wrote (Psalm 116:1). It is my prayer that we can all honestly say that we love the Lord and that we are on a path to love Him more.

by Dr. Mike Zachary

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