Propel: 1. drive, push, or cause to move in a particular direction, typically forward. 2. spur or drive into a particular situation.
When I go walking I usually have a destination in mind. I have a place that I am heading toward. I know I have a drive to spend eternity in Heaven, but what propels me? What is the driving force? What pushes me forward? A lot of people have a desire to make it to Heaven, but what propels them? A lost loved one that has passed away? The problem with just having a desire to make Heaven our eternal home, is that we lack the true powerful connection to the source that propels us to get there. That begins with an old rugged cross, on a hillside called Mt. Calvary; where our Savior came as a spotless lamb as sacrifice for our sins. When his blood was shed, we had the availability to tap into that powerful source. When we allow His blood to flow through our changed heart, it will therefore propel us into our eternal home with Him.
Now as I look deeper into the definition of the word propel, I hear the Lord asking, “WHAT propels you?” As I said earlier, the loss of a loved one can propel someone to move forward, but what else can propel someone? Maybe fear? There are two types of reactions to fear, one being to stand unmovable, and the other the instant desire to run. So sometimes being afraid of Hell will catapult us into moving forward toward making our life right with God. What I find very powerful is that it all comes back to being washed clean by the blood of the lamb. That is what propels us. There is no other way, there is nothing else with enough power to get us there. The blood is the fuel behind our driving force. Once we are filled with His precious, life cleansing blood, we therefore have a reason to move forward, and not only that our desires change. We do long to see our loved ones that have gone on to be with Him, but by falling in love with Christ, this is just an added blessing. Our true desire is to see His face. To be in his presence eternally. He is what we long for most. He is our motivation. As I go walking I have an action plan, not only do I have a destination in mind, but I have a reason behind it. As I walk with the Lord, I also have a destination in mind, but there are reasons why I am walking. Walking in the natural transforms us step by step. We become healthier, and stronger, with each step taken. Walking WITH the Lord, changes us in the spiritual, we become stronger with each step we take, He transforms us along the way. We don’t instantly see these changes, but they are taking place.
If I were to start a 30 day walking plan, I wouldn’t instantly be able to walk five miles. If I set this as my goal, and start out slowly, increasing my time each day, by the end of my 30 days I will be able to walk the whole five miles. The same is true for when we start walking with the Lord, we don’t start out praying for long periods of time, or have a structured reading plan, but if we set this as our goal, we will soon be able to do this. We have to decide what propels us, and allow it to move us forward. There is no power in standing immovable, we have to move forward as we allow God to restructure not only ourselves, but our lives as well.
Paul said, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-15
I live my life with the passionate desire to allow the blood of Jesus to propel me. I press onward toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling, through the blood of my risen savior. That is what propels me. I pray it propels you as well.
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