In the early 60’s, the surfing craze in Southern California was the ‘new thing’ to try; I was not going to be an exception. You couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing the music and lyrics of an up-and-coming group of guys with the name, The Beach Boys.
I was 19 and working the night shift for a grocery store and after work (7:30 AM), with surf boards secured on top of our cars, headed to the local beaches to find and catch a wave. As the sun grew warmer and the winds increased, I grabbed my waxed surf board and began to paddle out to sea, beyond the breakers, waiting for ‘the perfect wave.’ While the board was pointed toward shore, my head was turned in the opposite direction, watching for the swells to build and then…it happened. A swell, even for this area began to rise up out of the ocean like a skyscraper. Did I have enough experience and guts to catch this wave; stand up and ride the movement to the shoreline? And then I remembered the lyrics to that Beach Boy song, “Catch A Wave” in my head as I stood up on the surf board:
Not just a fad cause it’s been going on so long
All the surfers going strong
They said it wouldn’t last too long
They’ll eat their words with a fork and spoon
And watch’em they’ll hit the road and all be surfin’ soon
And when they catch a wave they’ll be sittin’ on top of the world.
Did I impress the girls lying on the beach that day? Probably not since I wiped out after loosing my confidence and my swimming trunks, of being really succesful. The MOVEMENT of the wave scared me; to what might happen.
Surfin’ In Church
The Pastor of our church started the New Year out with a message on “MOVEMENT” within our lives for 2012. So, I decided to ‘dig’ into God’s Word a little deeper, on how MOVEMENT can release energy, even electricity in the Church today.
Pastor Andrew gave an explanation of the word MOVEMENT: “The power of the Holy Spirit in action, causing the church to be stirred to arise and fulfill vision. A believer’s life is to be transformed more and more. We are not to remain the same. There is to be progression, movement. Our churches should be filled with people who are becoming more like Jesus.” (January 1, 2012 Sunday’s Message by Pastor Andrew Orlando ). “ENERGY HARVESTING” The Holy Spirit gave me this revelation after church that morning, through an analogy of an ocean wave. What is “Energy Harvesting“? I am going to try to answer that question and how it is applicable to Christian churches throughout not just my little town but the world. Energy Harvesting is also known a power harvesting. The Wikipedia Encyclopedia defines the terms as “the process by which energy is derived from external sources.” As an example, a battery, provides for a steady flow of energy for the needs of the object needing a power source. Does your church need some energy? The waves in the picture inserted at the top of this post, can be another example of energy harvesting or “wave propagation”: Wave power is, “transport of energy from the ocean surface waves capturing of that energy to be useful work different from tidal power or ocean currents, for they have highs and lows effecting the energy released” (Wikipedia Encyclopedia). Waves are generated by wind passing over the surface of the sea. And the wave height is determined by wind speed and the duration of time the wind has been blowing. The “fetch” is the distance over which the wind excites the waves. Are you getting any pictures in your spirit yet? Is there a wind blowing in your city? “And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power IN and FOR US who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His might strength” (Ephesians 1:19 AMP). “…according to the GIFT of god’s free grace (underserved favor) which was bestowed on me by the exercise (the working in all its effectiveness) of His POWER” (Ephesians 3:7 AMP). THE CHURCH ENERGIZED The church is like a battery; when energized by the power source, it can provide for a steady flow of energy for the community that surrounds the energy output or put into motion (MOVEMENT). If there is a leak in a battery, the movement is restricted; less energy from the working. “And ALL of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continually behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured [energized] into His very own image in ever-increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP); the bold print I added. When the church is in MOVEMENT within their communities, they are at the “fetch” of the wave. Psalms 147:18 says, “He sends out His word, and melts [ice and snow]; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.” God’s breath will cause the wind to blow over the community of believers, exciting the waves. Wave MOVEMENT in the church is caused by God’s Spirit blowing on us and not of our own workings or doing. He is waiting for us to grab our boards and get to surfin’. MOVEMENT RELEASED “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action or MOVEMENT of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]– To Him be the glory in the church…” (Ephesians 3:20-21 AMP). As a church, are we nervous, intimidated, fearful of what will happen if we actually Catch A Wave or ride the MOVEMENT? Will wipe out? Remember, it is not by our strength but by “the action” or “movement of His power that is at work within us“. POWER can be defined as “delegated authority” to the believers in the church. The authority to “Catch A Wave” in our communities. The confidence comes from His POWER and not ours. Will we wiped out at times? Absolutely but the experience of the wave movement is invaluable for our maturity in Christ Jesus. The energy will be released every time we get back up on the wave. The Greek word energeo is where we get the English word ENERGY from: “For this I labor [unto weariness], striving with all the super-human energeo (energy) which He so mightily enkindles and works (energeo) in me” (Colossians 1:29 AMP). “And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work [energeo] in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power–energy, in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it]” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 AMP). TO ‘GO OUT, GO FORTH’ IN THE CHURCH As a young and thrill seeking teenager, to stand in the warm sand of the beach watching the movement of the waves crashing on shore would be a travesty; a faux ‘surfer dude’ at rest. If I didn’t want the observers gathered together think I was just faking it, I needed to “go out, go forth” where the action was taking place. In the Old Testament, we see the Hebrew word yasa’, it’s meaning is of “movement toward some point or an expression for ‘constant activity’. In Exodus 28:35, in its description of the High Priest garment, Aaron’s Robe–“gold bells“ attached to the hem of the garment. When the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies in the wilderness tabernacle, it reads: “…and its sound shall be heard when he goes in…and when he comes out, lest he die there.” The Greek word Kineo means “to set in motion, to move”. We get the English word “Kinetics” from the Greek word: KINETICS: of or relating to the motion or movement ofmaterial bodies and the forces and energy therewith. Ephesians says that Christ is the head of the Church, then we are the “material bodies”. The kinetic energy being released from the MOVEMENT in the church will be absorbed by the surrounding community; the un-saved and saved alike, the un-energized. Don’t die spiritually from lack of MOVEMENT. Your city might think the people in that ‘building on the corner’ is DEAD! Cynicism re-visited “I’ve seen MOVEMENTS in the church before and it never lasted.” That’s because the MOVEMENT from within stopped; and when movement stops, the energy seizes and there is going to be wipe outs. “BUT…I been waiting to ‘ride the wave’ for a long time and I haven’t even seen a ripple yet.” “Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting” (2 Corinthians 4:18 AMP). Kinectic Energy, as defined by Wikipedia Encyclopedia: “the ENERGY which an object possess due to its MOTION (movement). Defined as the WORK needed to accelerate a body of a given mass from rest to its stated velocity. Having gained ENERGY during its acceleration, the body maintains this Kinetic energy.” There is a lot to take in from that statement. If we are going to be part of the MOVEMENT this year, we are going to have to “Go forth“, to move outside our comfort rest. James says it best, “being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing” ~ James 1:25 AMP. There is even a benefit derived from the energy released by the velocity of the MOVEMENT in the body of believers: “[You] shall be BLESSED” in your “going out and your coming in” into the city. Your church congregation will be “the head and not the tail”. SO GET MOVING; CATCH A WAVE and get Surfin’ in your church and community. The swells are rolling in and you could be “sitting on the top of the world” with the rest of us surfers. Let me hear of your Surfin’ this year in the comment section of this blog.