Stationary wasn’t stationary

Stationary was once popular, but it’s now becoming rare. It wasn’t stationary.

Most mornings I wake up with a word in my mind that I get up and write about. Today my mind was empty, so I asked Jesus to give me a word to write about. Suddenly out of nowhere, the word “stationary” appeared in my mind. I didn’t think I could write anything about stationary, so I resisted a bit, but then I heard Him say, “Just trust Me.” So, I’m writing about stationary today.

To treat life like a stationary bike is to stay stuck in one place. No matter how hard you pedal you don’t move forward.

When Christians are spiritually stationary and not moving forward with the risen Jesus, they’re refusing to let the Lord write on their heart. Christ-followers don’t stay put. They follow and obey the risen Jesus wherever He leads them. Faith that follows and obeys the risen Jesus is offensive to people who want to remain stationary.

Jesus objects to you being a stationary object. He calls out, “Follow Me!” Make your heart “stationary” that God can write on, not “stationary” so that it hardens and seldom moves to follow God’s Spirit. Fill your texts, emails, posts, and stationary with encouragement and kindness, not with despair and rudeness.

My relationship with the risen Jesus is a daily voyage of discovery that is never stationary but always grows and moves forward. For me following Jesus is like riding a mountain bike to glorious heights, not sitting on a stationary religious bike and going nowhere.

To dance with the living Jesus, you can’t remain stationary. You must move as He leads you from within. True love isn’t stationary. It always grows stronger.

Rule-based Christianity is like a stationary bike — no matter how hard you pedal your hard work won’t take you forward. True Christianity is about ever moving forward as a follower and disciple of the living Jesus, not about a stationary place to weekly sit through religious rituals. It’s about being Christ’s stationary and allowing Him to continually write His word on your heart.

Jesus, You be the pen and let me be Your stationary. Write Your will on my heart.

Discipleship is not
A drydocked boat
That stays stationary
And refuses to float
With the current
Of God’s Spirit.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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