Do you feel stuck? Are you waiting for something to happen? This may be stating the obvious, but the fastest way to break a slump is to take action. I am not proposing the initiative of the autonomous self. I am suggesting you start moving, because God has already acted.

The calling of the people of God is defined with action phrases.

“Go….” Matthew 28:18
“Walk….” Ephesians 4:1
“I press on….” Philippians 4:12
“Run….” Hebrews 12:1

However, for God’s people, any action we take is always in response to action by God.

Do you feel or sense the activity of the kingdom around you? Or within (Luke 17:21)? If not, may I suggest the reason could be you are static. You are not moving. A lack of action goes against the grain of the universe. From the smallest molecule to whopping galaxies, everything is in motion.

You may not feel a sense of anticipation or excitement about kingdom-life. Perhaps you have been praying about your reluctance. You have been aware of this malaise. You have confessed this to friends and to God. Perhaps you have been reading books to find out more about this condition.

The kingdom is kinetic because God is always working. Jesus said in John 5:17, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” God is always moving, non-stop action. This activity of God calls for a response from his people.

No amount of prayer, confession, or study will change your dullness to the kingdom of God if you are static. You have to move. You may say, “But, I don’t feel like moving.” If you will get going, though, your feelings will catch up. Act first, your feelings will follow. Step into the water, then it will part (Joshua 3:13). Ask, search, and knock (Matthew 7:8). Draw near (James 4:8). Movement will mold your mood. Here are two things you can do right now to get moving:

1. Serve.

Go find someone to help. How are you uniquely positioned to meet a need? Go buy a bag of groceries and secretly set them on their porch. Ask! What can I do for you? Go for a walk and just listen. E-mail or post a note that says, “I’m thinking of you.” After Jesus took the towel and the basin, he said we should do as he had done (John 13:15). Kingdom people have been equipped for works of service (Ephesians 4:12).

2. Fellowship.

Go find someone who is helping. Put yourself in the company kingdom-people who are moving. Give them a call. You don’t even have to tell them why you’re calling. Simply asking what they are doing can be enough of a spark. Better yet, go be with them. Watch them serve. Consider how they can provoke you to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).

You must cultivate your calling. Cultivate comes from a word that means “prepared for crops”. You must work your life like a farmer works a field. You are to walk worthy of the calling to which you have been called (Ephesians 4:1). As Eugene Peterson points out in his conversation on Ephesians, the word worthy is axios, that is, balanced on the scale. A crossbeam on a post with two pans dangling from each end would be axios if they equaled the same. They correspond to each other perfectly. The weight of one matches the other. Your walking is to respond to God’s calling. God’s calling is active. The kingdom of God is always moving.

What are you doing to keep moving?

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