Lately, my thoughts went along the word ‘momentum’, in seeing the advantage of having and keeping such a momentum in the many aspects of life that produces positive results. Riding on a given momentum is an amazing and wonderful experience that makes things in life a lot easier. But when the momentum dies down, things become burdensome, heavy and often very difficult to start moving again. People get frustrated in life a lot. That is why, it is important to maintain the momentum and to not allow things to halt in a full stop.
In Physics, this is known to be the law of momentum. I can recall how a pendulum uses this principle of momentum, which eventually became an essential part of the production of mechanical clocks in its infancy stage before the digital age came into existence. Momentum is such an added inertia of force that makes it easy like when pushing a truck in which the real and initial challenge is the first task of pushing and building up momentum. That’s where the hardest work is, after which the effort of pushing becomes lesser because of the presence of momentum, helping us conserve the much needed energy in order to pace ourselves so we can manage to reach our destination.
Now, all these thoughts further brought to how this law of momentum applies to life itself. Hence, capitalizing and riding on a momentum may bring success in life. But the question is where do we even begin to start a momentum in life. Or a better question is what does momentum require or demand from us in order to work for us?
Momentum Demands Faith: Faith is a powerful force. Faith is the starting point. What we do or start to do in life must be based on a deep conviction of belief in order to succeed. Faith has something to do with belief. Whether we speak of religion or not, faith is always defined to be of the belief on someone or something. Christian belief points to having faith in God through Christ for our salvation. Things that we do or act upon must be based on faith or deep conviction of what we truly believe. That’s why the Bible says ‘for whatever is not from faith is sin.’ (Romans 14:23 NKJV). Everything must start in faith. Whether we have an enormous task ahead of us, the presence of faith is important. Faith is like a live trigger that would start the ball rolling. It means that because of faith, we are willing to make an initial step, a step of faith because we believe. In anything that a person does, faith is an initial powerful force to reckon with. Hence, momentum shall require faith, and it demands faith from us to begin momentum to build its way up. By the way, the Bible says, ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ (Romans 10:17 NKJV). So, Momentum demands and must start in faith. The next thing Momentum demands is Movement’
Momentum Demands Movement: When one has acted his or her faith, and started to push and push, exerting the force of faith that he or she believes in — it shall produce movement. This happens because a person is acting out his or her faith. This is also what the Bible confirms that ‘As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead’ (James 2:26 NIV). This is what the Bible says in reference to the faith of Abraham, ‘You see that his faith and his action were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.’ (James 2:22 NKJV). There can never be a movement without the push of faith. You need to believe and see what faith can produce. ‘Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’ (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).
To start a momentum, it is where it demands the hardest exertion of work or effort (e.g. Pushing a truck). Momentum demands faith. A living faith is one that is being acted upon. When there’s already movement, momentum has started and must be sustained all the way. Hence the next demand of Momentum is Motivation.
Momentum Demands Motivation: Keeping doing what we’re doing requires a continuous faith as well as inspired motivation. There must be the presence of joy in order for us to stay motivated in what we do. Without joy, we may not last. Hence, let us find joy in our purpose and destiny.
Like Christ, the joy set in His heart played an important ingredient in His perseverance to accomplish the finished work of redemption by means of His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection. The Bible speaks of it this way in order to encourage perseverance of the saints, “… And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.’ (Hebrews 12:2-3 NKJV)
Jesus Christ Himself found joy in His purpose to achieve what He has accomplished for the salvation of those who are being saved through faith in Him. Hence, keep the Momentum going by being well motivated. Joy in the heart shall keep us motivated. Linking our Joy with the Lord, becomes our strength according to the Scriptures. Nehemiah writes it down saying ‘… for the joy of the LORD is your Strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10b NKJV).
As I end this short article, I do hope and pray that people may find guidance and inspiration from it. To benefit from what Momentum can bring, but also consider what it demands in order to have it, momentum demands faith, movement and motivation.
Thanks for reading and may God bless and inspire us all !
Inspirational Article written for ‘Losing My Sight Magazine’ by:
Pastor Romwel A. Azores, (23-Sept-2016)
The Good Shepherd International Missions Church, Portsmouth, UK