Someone once asked me “What would happen if an immoveable object meets the unstoppable force? Which one will win?” I thought long on this paradox and wondered to myself why the immoveable object had to be in opposition to the unstoppable force. Is it possible for the immoveable object to become the unstoppable force?
I am referring to faith as the immoveable object, and that strength of the New Testament believers. They were firm in their conviction no matter what persecutions or hardships they endured. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-12, Paul described the trials and suffering believers had to endure in his time, but they were unshaken in their faith. They understood that life was a vapor, and only was worth living if Christ was the center of their hope, and the very purpose for their beings.
Because they were immoveable in their faith, the Lord empowered them greatly and made them the unstoppable force. The Bible described these men as those “that have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). The amazing thing about these believers was that they did not have all the modern technology like we do today, but they accomplished great things for the Lord and reached so many souls throughout the world in their time.
Sometimes I wonder why we cannot surpass their work in reaching the lost world considering all the knowledge and capability that we have today which they did not. I wonder what kind of conviction of faith that we have today as Christians. Is our faith immoveable no matter the cost? Why can’t we be the unstoppable force the believers in the New Testament were? It is not persecution or hardship that is destroying many churches in America today, rather it is spiritual apathy.
Somehow spiritual apathy has crept in like a parasite, and it has been slowly eating the church alive. Eaten to the point where she has forgotten her number one great commission from the Lord. If only God’s church would arise out of her apathy and kindle a fire from the inside out, God can accomplish great things through her in reaching the many who are lost and are in need of Christ’s redeeming grace. Perhaps it is easier and more convenient to blame the church as a whole for not doing what she is supposed to be doing.
What about you the individual believer? Are you faithful to the cause of Christ? What are you doing for Christ in your life? Is He the center of your life and the purpose of your being? Is your faith immoveable in the face of all temptations, oppositions and sufferings? What are you willing to give up for your faith in Christ? Your comfort? Your possessions? Even your life? Because after all Christ gave everything for you, even His own life He did not spare that you might have life through Him. Are you willing to give up everything to become that unstoppable force, that God can use to turn the world upside down for Him?