” ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” Acts 17:28 (NIV)
The last few weeks, I believe that God has been speaking the word “move” to me.
Perhaps because our family is in the midst of a move. (We are house-less with our suitcases in our car top carrier and the six of us plus our two cats in our van as we relocate from California to New Jersey). Yes, you guessed it we are a military family!
I am, however, sensing from the Lord that He is speaking the word “move” for a bigger purpose. As a disciple of Christ, everything I am and do is through and for Christ. It is because of Christ that I am.
What does it mean then to move in Christ?
I think Paul sums it up when he says in Philippians 3:12-14,
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
I definitely know I have not been perfected — that’s what makes me an Imperfect Wife! But we are called to move.
Our Christian life is about “pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Being a Navy wife for about a decade now, I have come to love the adventure of moving. I love exploring a new place and setting up a new house. I enjoy the change.
Change, however, can bring all kinds of emotions and fears and so sometimes I do find myself not being willing to move. Oh not the move a military family undertakes, but a move spiritually when Christ prompts and promotes growth in my life.
Our marriages are to be on the move. Each of us knows that our marriages (no matter how great they are) have room for growth and improvement. The Lord is reminding me that I am to continue to move in Christ.
I am to press on toward all that God has for my marriage.
There a three things that we are to do as we press on toward that high calling of God.
First, we have to move. This is the pressing on toward the goal that Paul talks about.
Second, we must forget those things that are behind. Put the past behind you and leave those things in the past. All of it.
Finally, strain ahead and see what lies before you. The victory is yours! Do you see the finish line? Do you see what God wants for your marriage? Are you ready to move out in faith? Are you in the Word ready to hear from the Lord?
We are required to move. Move toward Christ. He is for you and waiting to do amazing things in your life and through your marriage for His glory.
Join Christ on the adventure as He transforms you and your marriage to bring glory to Himself.