Love is a movement- Forward

This song by Switchfoot is what keeps my heart beating when it’s bleeding. Knowing that there is movement even when I’ve fallen and made super poor choices trampling on what God’s given me. If you say that I’m good, or nice, or kind, or whatever admirable quality you want – please understand that it’s not me you’re complimenting. It’s God. I’m the one who has done what’s above. There is absolutely nothing good in me, and thankfully right now only God and I know my true nature. It’s wicked, uncalled for, and doesn’t glorify God. That’s the thing too, none of anyone’s true nature will ever get anyone to heaven much less glorify the God of the universe. That was only possible before the Fall. The world we live in is one where we make mistakes. Lots of them we probably regret. I know I have many already in almost 22 years, and I’m not looking forward to more.

But that’s the thing too, even though I’m not looking forward to making more I know I will. It’s inevitable. I’m not being pessimistic, but real. I’m human, not God thank goodness. Without Jesus, as the song puts it I’m an ‘incompletion, stuck in a line.’ If the song left it right there, and where this note is right now it’s pretty dark and only has a twinge of potential hope. Thankfully it doesn’t. Jon Foreman sings on: “Love is a movement, Love is a revolution, This is redemption, We don’t have to slow back down.”

Our generation is going to be one that moves forward. Why do I say that? Because the love of God lives within us. We have the same opportunity as every other generation before us because of the power that lives within. We’ll be constantly beaten down in a world that is extremly inhospitable to us, and continues to get worse as the days go on. Temptation is readily available, imagination of others having given way to the reality of what we now face on the TV screen and internet. It’s not just pornography and risky shows, but also the ability to suck us into the driver’s seat of our dream car on the way to our leather couch of complacency in front of a movie. I’m reminded of a sharp quote put on Google+ by John Piper, “God’s response to the typical Western retirement years: “Fool, how did all this pointless play put my glory on display?” In the same way, God’s response to our generation’s complacency, lack of depth, and self-control: “Fool, how did all this pointless play put my glory on display?”

Temptation and falling are going to be inevitable, but the ability for us to rise and glorify God is an ever-present reality that we can manifest every day. The fact that we can keep seeking Him despite our shortfalls and guilt and shame is a constant reminder of His faithfulness to us. That’s the revolution that happened over 2000 years ago – the point in time where everything in eternity can reference back to and say that the entirity of humanity is loved. It moved 12 men and countless others to lead others to this movement. It’s a movement that has been steadily and faithfully stepping foward despite its past. It’s one that at the heart of it is love, because that’s the only thing that will ever keep it beating.

I’m tired, and this note might reflect that in the flow of things… but I hope you gather that when we fall love is the movement revolution of our hearts that enables us to keep pressing on never giving up. I’ll share a link that was shared to me by Andy today that more or less sum up my thoughts in 6 minutes:

Stars roll on by, atrocities hidden beneath uncertain skies
Night was laid low once the Son had risen
Light came to show what was missin’

Beauty of the galaxy
Awe of the Milky Way
Murderous atrocity
Fatal complacency
There’s only one Way

Stars roll on by, billowy clouds covered our secret lies
Then wisped away by a strong wind blowing
Revealed what night was longing to be showing

Beauty of the galaxy
Awe of the Milky Way
Murderous atrocity
Fatal complacency
There’s only one Way
There’s. only. one. Way.

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