For most of our human existence God has made us to move, to remain active. Up until recently in our human history, when we were hungry we had to run down, kill our food, then eat it. Or we had to till the soil all year long in order to be able have enough food to survive.
He did not design us to sit eight hours a day at work, then to pick up our food at a drive through, then continue our idle existence at home watching television eating snacks. He did not design us to be static and sedentary.
He designed us to run, to exercise, to flex our muscles, to raise our heartbeats. When almost all of the common health problems in our society can be solved by eating right and exercise, then you have to know we are not living the life that God created us to live.
The same goes with our spiritual experience. God did not design us to be surrounded by man-made wonders and place other idols before him. He did not create us to become so enamored with our own creations that we forget the Creator for which all creation exists, including our ability to formulate new ideas on our own.
Instead, he designed us to create in unison with him in appreciation of his creation, to use our talents with his grace to touch lives with his holy example.
Think of how hard it is to place much importance on yourself or mankind when you are laying on the ground in the wilderness at night looking up at a canopy of stars. Or how hard it is to put yourself above the Creator of all things when your very life is dependent upon the gift of that creation to give you life through rain, through crops and through live stock.
When we remove ourselves from our creations and surround ourselves with God’s creation, we quickly come to realize our place in this universe and the special relationship we have with God, who provides for us and loves us.
We need to take a step back and think if we are following God’s plan for us. Are we are taking care of our temple called our human body in the manner in which God so lovingly created us? Are we pushing back the growing noise of man’s inferior creations and distractions and, instead, putting our faith and our daily needs in God’s hands as he has requested of us?
We are created in God’s image and asked of only a simple request from our Creator. To love him above all things… above our work, our hobbies, our passions, our family, our children, our sports teams, our friends, our goals. To love him because without him we do not exist. To love him, for without him we are literally nothing, empty space in a cold universe.
Is it asking too much to love him first? To thank him first? To ask for his guidance first? To trust him first?
At the end of our life, God will ask us what we did with our time here and judge us on our faithfulness and our discipline. Did we treat his creation, our very bodies, with respect and humility? Did we treat his creation, this beautiful world around us, with respect and humility? And did we first worship God, our loving Father, with respect and humility?
We are made in God’s image. God is not an idle God. God is not a sedentary God.
He is an active God, a loving God, a nurturing God and a just God.
All of his creation is in a constant state of movement. Our physical and spiritual lives should be equally active. Embrace that part of your existence and get off the couch. Move your body and offer up your time, your talents and your treasure in his honor. Love your neighbor as yourself and help others around you.
Don’t say you’re a Christian, live as a Christian, as an active disciple of Christ.
Stay mobile, active and continue to move toward our heavenly father everyday from this day forward.