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The Mechanics of Change

Newton’s First Law of Motion states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, consistent in both speed and direction, unless either is acted upon by a force greater than itself.

The law is fundamentally about change.

The implications extend well beyond physics.

In fact, we watch this law at work in just about every area of our lives.

We all have situations and circumstances in our lives that we would like to change. We want to change our bodies so we go on a diet and start exercising. We want to change our career so we take new jobs and move to new places. We want to change our relationships so we find new friends or get married or have kids.

When we want to change something about our lives, we simply exert the force of our will and that which has been at rest will spring into motion or that which was in motion will change directions.

While it may seem to work for a time, sooner or later we realize that a deeper change is in order.

We need more than an external change of behavior. We need an internal change of heart.

Our hearts, though, cannot be changed by the force of the will.

We need something greater than ourselves to act upon us, to set our hearts in motion.

God Himself has acted, not by impersonal force, but by personally stepping into history as one of us.

By living the life we should have lived. By dying the death we should have died. By offering to get our still hearts beating again. By shaping us from the moment we receive His forgiveness to the moment we take our last earthly breath.

We cannot encounter Jesus and not change.

How has He changed you?

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