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When I Move-You Move!

When I Move - You Move!

And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" Matthew 21:10 (NKJV)

I saw this big red T-shirt over in Maui a few years back in this local surf shop called Maui-Built.  On the shirt were the words, "When I Move - You Move!"  They had the shirts in sizes up to 6X and believe me when I say that there are some big Hawaiian boys that could fill them out.  So imagine yourself walking down a trail and coming upon someone who could fill out a 6X shirt - and they were running in your direction - chances are really good that you either would move from your current position, or change the direction of the path that you are walking on.

Now imagine that same type of impact on you in a spiritual sense.  Imagine a Christian walking into your life with such a force that it would cause you to move from the current position you were taking, or that it would cause you to change directions in the path that you were traveling.  Such was the case when Jesus came into people's lives.  

We can see clearly throughout scripture that Jesus had a great impact on most of the people who came into His presence as many were healed both physically and spiritually by their coming into contact with Him.  

Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them.  So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:30-31 (NKJV)

People correctly identified with Jesus as the one who could heal them - both physically and spiritually, they would stop whatever they were doing and wherever they were going and they would change and go in His direction.  

The greatest example we have been given is that of the first disciples of Jesus.  These were ordinary men just like you and I, and yet they were "moved," or transformed by being in the presence of God.  They decided to make Jesus the Lord of their lives, and they began to learn and follow Him in all His ways.  Through these common men, many were healed, and many came to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior as they boldly shared what they knew to be true.

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:37-38 (NKJV)

And so we can clearly see the template that was formed by the life of Jesus was now being modeled by His disciples.  And as they lived in the way He lived, they had that same impact of "Moving" the world as they shared their faith, and allowed the Holy Spirit to empower them to do the mighty things that God wanted done.

We can clearly see how the people were "moved," and we can see the impact that the disciples had on their lives as recorded in the following verses of Acts 2:41-42.
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:41-42 (NKJV)

When people were in the presence of these God-filled, God-transformed, and Holy Spirit-filled lives, many of them watched them.  Many listened to them.   And many received the message of the Gospel.  And for those who believed in this message and were saved, they continued steadfastly in the doctrine of that Gospel message.

Hey Christian, God lives in you - He is with you - and He will never leave you nor forsake you.  So the question is this:  Are we having the same impact on others as Jesus or the Apostles did?  Are we living our life in such a way as to cause people to want to stop what they're doing, or to stop the direction theyre walking, and to follow Christ?  When we walk into the presence of others; are they being "moved"?

We do not get to make the choices for other people - but we can help them make that choice.  What are we doing that is either good or bad that is reflecting on Christ?  After all, everything we do and say can and will be used against us in our Christian walk.

I want to encourage you today to think about the impact that you are making in the lives of those around you - your friends, your family, your co-workers, and your neighbors.  Lets let God make the impact in their lives in the way that only He could do - Let's let Christ be glorified as we allow The Holy Spirit to direct and empower our actions.  After all He is the same God who heals the sick and the lame - the only difference is that you are the now His disciple that He wants to work through.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 21:10, what kind of impact did Jesus have when he came into the presence of others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you desire to have that same impact for God?

APPLICATION: Fully commit your life to following God and His ways.  Let the Holy Spirit lead you in every aspect of your life.  If there are parts that don't line up with what God would want, then lay those areas down at His feet right now as an offering - ask Him to transform you in these areas.

Father, Thank You for transforming me to be more like Christ.  Help me to see the areas in my life where I need to change.  Father I pray for Your empowering to make the changes needed, and for the conviction of Your Holy Spirit in the areas where I am failing.  In Jesus name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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