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Momentum…Get Carried Away June 4, 2012

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The largest moving object on the Earth is the Jahre Viking (also called the Knok Knevis or Happy Giant).  This ultra-large crude carrier weighs an amazing 260,941 tons and is so big it can’t navigate through the English Channel; it carries a cargo close to its own weight when fully loaded with crude oil.  Amazingly, when steaming full ahead an emergency stop requires 5.5 MILES of ocean.  That is an unbelievable amount of momentum in one object.

Momentum is defined as matter in motion.  Anything that is made of matter has the property of momentum.  This includes every physical object in the universe that is moving.  The amount of momentum an object contains is dependent on two things; how massive the object is and how fast the object is moving.  Mass, for our purposes, is the amount of “stuff” an object contains.  It is often confused with weight but the latter is a measure of how gravity acts on mass and not the mass itself.  Velocity is simply how fast something is moving in a given frame of reference.  Frame of reference is important but beyond the scope of my sermon.  We’ll get into that when we talk about special relativity later.  Meanwhile, just remember that momentum is mass in motion.

How can we apply these principles to the Christian experience?  While salvation is spiritual and not physical, it is possible to find allegorical similarities.  Momentum generated by a moving object can be transferred to other objects as it comes into contact with them.  Transferred momentum can cause an object to start moving, if it is stationary, or change direction if it is already moving.  When we as Christians come into contact with worldly things our spiritual momentum is affected.   We find ourselves being influenced or moved in other directions, away from the direction we are traveling, away from the destination that God has in mind for us.

Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

It is easy to get caught up in the momentum of the world because it is so pervasive.  It surrounds us.  It moves past us in the opposite direction.  Overcoming this sort of momentum requires a constant energy output.  If we once relax we are caught up and we begin to change direction.  A small fish swimming upstream against a powerful current must continue to move forward because if he stops, or even slows, the current will drag him back and erase all the progress he has made.

The Devil uses this sort of weapon to great effect.  We are designed to care about what others think of us.  The world expects us to behave as they do.  When we try to swim upstream or oppose the world’s momentum we are viewed as aberrant or abnormal.  No one, especially a young person, wishes to be viewed as different.  This is what makes peer pressure an effective way to elicit or modify behaviors in teens.  During the formative years it is important for people to feel secure in their place in the world, especially because during the teen years everything is changing so fast.  They desire a sense of stability.  To oppose the direction or momentum of the group is to sacrifice stability.

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the             innocent without cause:

Proverbs 1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into                the pit:

Proverbs 1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

Proverbs 1:16  For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

We are commanded in scripture to flee this sort of trap.  The best way to avoid peer pressure and all the dangers it entails are to make sure your peers are going the same way as you.  Momentum can work for good in this case.  If you associate with a Christian peer group you will find it much easier and more comfortable to move in the right direction.  Accountability within the group and stability when you are on uncertain ground will help you rather than hinder.  The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians…

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

While most interpret this to mean married, it applies in every relationship a person can enter into with another person.  While it is important to witness to the lost, it is highly likely that if you surround yourself with a worldly peer group you will find yourself more affected by their influence than they will be by you alone.  The group has the greater momentum than the individual.

How should the Christian travel through this world?  How should we respond to the opposite flow?  The scripture is very plain in its response.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Remember that in Christ we are new creatures.  Our minds and spirits are renewed by the process of sanctification.  As we travel the Christian path, as we study God’s word and seek His will in prayer we are changed.  We receive both mass (more faith from the study of God’s word)…

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

As well as velocity (more speed because any moving object, as it gets closer to the source of attraction/gravity affecting it, picks up speed.  Gravity is all about acceleration, not constant velocity.)  The closer we get to God, the faster we move toward Him.  As spiritual mass and velocity increase, so our spiritual momentum, the ability to resist changes in our spiritual direction, increases.  It requires much greater force to slow or turn us away.

The principle only works if you are already moving in the right direction.  In order to resist the all-pervasive flow of the world’s momentum you must have the renewing that Paul talked about in his letter to Romans.  In order to escape being conformed to the world you must first be transformed by the blood of Christ, shed on the cross of Calvary for your sins.  Without that you are trapped like a tiny minnow in a mighty river.  Now is the time to be free of the flood.

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Comments»

1. Mad Maudie - June 5, 2012

This is excellent

2. nelda flanagan - June 23, 2012

Uncle John & Aunt Kaye both thought this was GREAT. Simply Wonderful. You Keep Going.

3. Diamondsongrass ~ Darlene Wiggins - July 23, 2012

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. Love these words: “When we as Christians come into contact with worldly things our spiritual momentum is affected. We find ourselves being influenced or moved in other directions, away from the direction we are traveling, away from the destination that God has in mind for us.” Thanks so much for visiting My Journal of Praise and liking a post.

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