From the Pastor
Pastor Mike Burns
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Living Strong: Move Your Feet
Several years ago, Nike ran a television advertisement that remains one of the all-time favorites in advertising history. The ad pictured Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player who has ever played the game (in my humble opinion), dribbling a basketball down the court. When he approached the foul line, he just seemed to take off into the air. With his long legs spread-eagle, his tongue curling out of his mouth, sweat flying from his bald head, brown fingers wrapped around the basketball, arm poised in a graceful arc above his head, and eyes intently focused on the goal, he actually seemed to fly!
His flight took him above the rim of the basketball goal. Then he swiftly brought his arm down and jammed the ball through the net. At this point, the television screen went black and three words appeared: JUST DO IT.
The message was clear. There came a time for Michael Jordan to stop bragging and talking and planning and thinking and practicing and dribbling… and just do it! Just put the ball in the basket!
In the same way, there comes a time for Christians, for you and me, to stop reading and studying and discussing and thinking and praying and repenting…and just DO IT! Put all that you know and all you’ve experienced into practice and start living it out. Now. The time has come for you to move your feet.
The prophet Ezekiel was an Israelite exiled in Babylon during the time of Daniel and his friends. While living in a refugee camp on top of a garbage dump, he experienced a personal revival with God. He testified, “When I saw [Him], I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking. He said: ‘Son of man, I am sending you.’” Ezek. 1:28; 2:3
While personal revival is something to be cherished in our hearts forever, and while it is something that brings great joy and deep peace, it is also something that should compel us to serve the One who has set us on fire! In fact, if it doesn’t, I question its validity. You cannot experience personal revival in your relationship with Jesus Christ and do nothing!
If you truly have awakened, opened your eyes, rendered your heart, bent your knees, and said yes, then it naturally follows that you must (it’s not an option), you must move your feet! If you claim, “I’ve seen the Lord,” what difference has it made? What difference has it made that others can see? What impact has your vision of Jesus had on your life?
Move your feet!
Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 9:32 AM CDT