If the scenery is never changing, it's a very good indication that we aren't going anywhere. Imagine a family preparing for a summer vacation. The car is loaded, and everyone piles in with eager excitement, awaiting the adventures of the road ahead. The father places the key into the ignition, starts the engine, and they never move. The children look to the trees in their own front yard, talking about how amazing they seem, as the mother and father look forward through the windshield, admiring the green grass lining the family driveway. As outlandish and comical as this may seem, it, in many ways, describes the lives of most believers within the current age of the church. So often we have such expectation and excitement, looking forward to the future with great anticipation and praying for the harvest of souls or for the outpouring of the holy Spirit within our communities. Then, nothing. No scenery changes. No movement. No advancement. As we find ourselves locked within the confines of our own environment, we begin to be lulled to quiet slumber, losing our sense of adventure. The journey that once seemed so remarkable then becomes nothing more than just an ordinary day within an ordinary place, with nothing new to show for it. In the gospel of Luke, we find that Jesus also found himself surrounded by individuals who had found themselves lulled to sleep within their own comfort zones. They had stopped seeking long before that day and had become merely statues within the temple. They had no true heart or passion for the greater things of God. It was to this society that Jesus said something that not only would revolutionize their theology that they held so dear, but would also sound much like heresy in the ears of the religious elite as they heard it. Jesus said, "The Kingdom is within you." Can't you just imagine the expressions that must have been upon the faces of the religious leaders that day as they heard those words spoken from his lips? How could such blasphemy even be tolerated? You see, to them, God was nothing more than religious ritual, legalism passed down through the generations, or a set of laws to live by. Never before had they even considered that the presence of God could be something close, existing much closer than the very breath that escaped their own lips. This changed everything entirely, and with this prophetic declaration, a new hunger was born within humanity. Could it be that the very breath of Heaven existed not as some distant or foreign idea or concept but rather as an internal, Divine spark? Could it be that the idea of the Godhead was much more vast than just beautiful temple walls, the burning flames of the altar, or the submission of the will to specific doctrines of religious dogma? The words of Jesus that day ushered in a great and new thought, as individuals began to ponder, "How close is God?" Today, unfortunately, we find ourselves in much the same environment. We find ourselves living within a society in which there is a church on every street corner, believers of all walks of life filling them, and, yet, nothing. No movement. No passionate pursuit. Again, we have been lulled to quiet slumber, never even taking the time to think of whether or not more scenery exists just beyond the horizon. The fact of the matter is that you were never meant to settle. You were always meant to seek. Seeking requires movement and a willingness to embrace a change of scenery. Sure, change can seem difficult, especially when we have grown so accustomed to the familiarity of our own environments; yet, it is necessary. Today, as the Holy Spirit begins to move within your heart, calling you into greater depths of revelation and intimacy, never be afraid of making specific changes. Never be afraid to move beyond the confines of your own complacency. We have such an amazing journey to enjoy. What an amazing life.
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