Kinetic--Keep Moving

KINETIC—Keep Moving

God has called and commanded us to be missionary Christians – people who focus on Christ and reaching others with the love of Christ. So, whether you are pleased or disappointed with the election results, don’t lose your focus. The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is not of this world! We are citizens of His Kingdom and we are His ambassadors to the United States or wherever we go. There is no need for us to have fear, or joy about who rules this country. God is on the Throne. He rules over all. We have the same role to fulfill regardless of who is elected to office in this nation. So don’t lose your focus.

 Once again, here is the commission Jesus gave His Church: Matthew 28:18-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus started the Church in motion in Acts 2 by unleashing the Holy Spirit to empower us. We can have absolute confidence in the Holy Spirit to build Christ’s Church. Jesus put the Church into motion and it is unstoppable.

Matt 16:18 …and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church. Our mistakes can’t stop it. Not even an election can prevail against the Church. The government may persecute us, but that is nothing new. We saw persecution begin in Acts 4 and the disciples’ response. The persecution did not stop the kinetics of the Church. Although the Roman government blamed Christians for the problems of society, mocked them, tortured them, and publicly executed them in the arenas, the Church grew and turned the world upside down.

Remember, Paul was a citizen of Rome, an empire full of brutality, homosexuality, and other sinful behavior. Although he committed no crime, Paul was jailed and eventually killed for preaching about Jesus Christ. However, this persecution did not stop the Gospel, for Paul wrote much of the New Testament while he was in prison. Here is part of what Paul wrote:

Romans 12:9-16 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Paul may have never understood kinetic energy, but he obviously understood the importance of spiritually being in a state of constant motion. Notice all the action. I could get several sermons from this passage of Scripture, but for today, I will summarize it quickly into four categories.

1. “Love must be sincere. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Love is like the word kinetic. You can see its action, but it is hard to describe.

I John 3:23-24  And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

I John 4:10-13 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.           Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

I John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

First of all, God loves us so much He paid the debt for our sin by taking our punishment on the Cross, dying our death, giving us His life through His resurrection, and indwelling us by His Spirit. It is impossible to truly love others until God lives in us, because God is love. The truth is this: in spite of all my weaknesses and failures, God loves me and God lives in me. Therefore, His love will flow out of me naturally as I walk according to His Spirit.

(4:11) “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another”. The love described here isn’t merely a handshake, hug or flattery. No, this kind of love sees a brother’s need and does something about it. In fact, if we see our brother in need and don’t do anything about it, the love of God isn’t in us.

I John 3:16-18 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.       If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

The Holy Spirit unites us to others in love, causing us to cry, “Brother, sister, let me help. I want to stand with you, to be one with you in your trouble.” Once the kinetic power of the Holy Spirit starts this motion of love in you, God will send you one person after another in need. Yet it won’t be a burden. On the contrary, it will thrill you, because you will share in God’s joy. So love isn’t something just to talk about. It’s kinetic, a matter of doing, acting, living.

2. “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

Zeal in this context is love ablaze, like Jesus. Zeal without reason becomes fanaticism. Jesus was not a fanatic. Zeal disregards personal safety, drops "sacrifice" from its vocabulary, hates sin (especially in our own life), but loves the sinner enough to reach out to him in his need.

Leonard Ravenhill said this about today’s lack of zeal in the Western church: “The Church began in the Spirit, now She is operating in the flesh. There is no pillar of fire over the sanctuary. There are no preachers who can hold the hell-bound spellbound. I am not sure that it can be proved that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. It can be proved that the Church is fiddling while the world is burning! The one reason that we do not have revival today is that we are content to live without it.”

It is not enough in these days of worldliness to say that we are fundamental or conservative in "doctrine." We must be ablaze with God’s love. The zealous Christian lives for one thing only: to please God. He disregards the opinions of others about his zeal. He cares not whether he is esteemed or despised, flattered or flattened, considered a fool or a philosopher. Regardless of evil report or good report, kisses or curses, he is set to do the will of God because He loves Jesus more than his own life! That is zeal.

We must ensure our zeal for God remains kinetic. High School Seniors, you may soon be leaving home for the first time. Your freedoms and responsibilities will change. Your hours, work, school, social life, and relationships will change. In the midst of all those changes, don’t let your zeal for God become lukewarm by distractions or laziness. Stay passionate for God and keep busy using the gifts God has given you. Remember, you belong to the Body of Christ. Stay connected, remember what you’ve been taught, make your relationship with God your top priority, and live holy. Keep your spiritual fervor; be zealous about the things of God and about serving God.

It all comes back to kinetic – our state of motion. Are we standing still, a body at rest? Or are we a body in motion because of the constant influence of God in our life?

No matter our age or how long we have been a Christian, we need to live holy, sanctified, and set apart lives, which are in a kinetic state of motion, daily growing closer to God.

Heb 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

If we do not pay attention “to what we have heard”, if we relax the standards of God’s Word, if we quit moving, quit obeying the Word, we will begin to drift away from God. Regardless of the hazards and resistance to the truth, Jesus and the disciples did not drift, but went against worldliness, sin, and false religion. So stay filled with His Spirit and never stop following Jesus in spite of the difficulty.

3. As Paul said, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. The fruit of the Spirit is mentioned here: joy, hope, patience, faithfulness. As we move kinetically with the Spirit, He will produce this fruit in our life during affliction. It will overflow and affect everyone around us.

Furthermore, Paul said to Bless those who persecute you. The grace and kinetic power of the Spirit enables us to have divine love to do this. Expect persecution. It is a badge of honor.

2 Timothy 3:12-17 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

4. Finally, Paul tells us to be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Remember, except for the grace of God, we would be in that low position. Christ left heaven, humbled Himself, and identified with us. We must have that same attitude and identify with people of low position, for they have no grace to identify with us. Therefore, we must identify with them. All it takes is for us to move kinetically with the Holy Spirit as we go out. God will give us divine appointments everywhere we go. As you go, talk about Jesus, always praying, “Lord, send the Spirit to convict them and open their eyes to Your love through me.”

Praying this way is important, because unless the Holy Spirit does the work, we can witness to as many people as we want and nothing will happen. Only the Holy Spirit can speak to the deepest reaches of the heart and draw people to Jesus Christ. To be effective ambassadors of Jesus, we have to be on our knees, getting to know our Master’s voice. He will lead us to the people He has prepared and He will give us the words to speak.

We all have choice to make each day of our lives: to stay as a “body at rest and drift away” or be a “kinetic body moving with constant motion as the Spirit leads.” What choice will you make today?

If you have never given your life to Jesus, the Holy Spirit is moving you toward the Cross of Jesus Christ, who died to pay for your sin and save you from eternity in Hell. Will you obey the Spirit today and come to Jesus for salvation? Humble yourself before Almighty God, confessing your sin and a need for a Savior. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and give Him your life in baptism. He will give you His life, eternal life, and the Holy Spirit.