If you are familiar with football or a fanatic, you know what it means when I say “move the chains.” For those of you who don’t know. The “chains” in football are the yard markers that keep track of the line of scrimmage and the 10 yard distance the ball has to be moved to get a first down. Everytime a team gets a first down the guys who carry the chains, the chain gang, move the chains.
So many times in life we write about, sing about, preach about that nothing is going to happen unless God or Jesus shows up or moves. This is probably going to ruffle a couple of feathers, hit a nerve, sound like hypocrisy, and be a very challenging message, but I’m going to write it. God has already made His move (See John 3:16). No matter how much we write, sing, preach, or talk about it; God is done moving. Jesus has already completed the work He came to accomplish. He even said it himself (See John 19:30). Jesus is sitting down on the throne at the right hand of God and no matter what we do, He’s not moving.
When does God move in the earth? When you do. When does God speak in the earth? When you do. When does God enter a room? When you do. The only way God moves in the earth today is through us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (See 1 Corinthians 6:19). We carry God around everywhere we go. God goes wherever you go. If you don’t move, God won’t move.
Paul tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ (See 2 Corinthians 5:20). The definition of ambassador is an authorized messenger or representative. You have been sent by God from heaven as a governor, ambassador, diplomat to represent Jesus in order to produce a Kingdom culture in the earth. In other words, God has taken you off the bench, put you into the game, so that you can carry the ball in order to move the chains. God has paid the price, Jesus, to place you on His team (See 1 Corinthians 7:23), He has giving you a coach, the Holy Spirit to call the plays (See 2 Corinthians 1:22), and He has given us the playbook, the Bible, in order that we might study and know the plays (See 2 Timothy 3:16).
So don’t wait any longer for God to move. Don’t sing about it. Don’t write about it. Don’t speak about it. Take the ball. Move the chains!