By Heather Suhr

"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" Matthew 9:35-38
 
Church was unique yesterday and I was inspired. It wasn't just spiritual, though it is the major component, but it was educational as well. I thought it would be inspiring to share with the rest of you. I had a brief lesson, well, more of a refresher, about physics. Listening to the youth pastor talking about physics brought back memories to when I was in high school. It's been a while! Physics... what does that have to do with Jesus? Let's take a look.
 
Δ is Delta in the Greek language and it simply means change. This change can be applied to anything in life and comes largely from a transfer of energy. Energy can be transferred from one place to another. The two ways that energy can be transferred is by:

1.    Heat Transfer (by conduction, convection, & radiation)
2.    Doing Work

In heat transfer, heat is given off when an object's thermal energy is transferred. Examples of things in life we use are refrigerators, pressure cookers, washing machines, television, sun's electromagnetic rays, toasters, and more.

Let's dive right in is the "doing work" part of physics. In doing work, energy is being transferred from one object to another. Because there are work being done to an object, it results in a change of energy. Consider an equation that includes acceleration, distance, and time. If any one of these change, the other does. For example, acceleration is a change in velocity. Velocity is determined by speed and direction, so if either one of these changes, velocity changes.
 
Motion, friction, and collision are a part of physics. Suppose you are driving a car down a hill and into a brick wall. The speed of the car accelerates and causes a more powerful collision. However, as soon as you hit the brakes, friction happens, the speed of the car decelerates, and there will be a less impact on collision. All of this is a process of change. When one part of the equation changes, the other part does as well.
 
Jesus works within the law of physics and He is always doing work. How?
1.    Motion - Jesus is always on the move to reach out the lost and sick. He performed many healing and miracles.
2.    Friction - Jesus caused differences among people. Some followed Him, others did not and I'm sure they butt heads with each other.
3.    Collision - Jesus caused conflicts, especially with the Sadducees and Pharisees. The Truth causes conflict with sin.

Whether there was a change in motion, friction, or collision- a change in one thing leads to a change to another. Jesus was able to transfer all of his energy to others through his love.  
 
So, how are we doing? Are we simply standing still or are we producing change in other people's lives? I believe that God has put us on earth to make a difference in each other's lives.  
 
The Bible lists out the things we can determine what our strengths and weaknesses are. It is our duty to recognize our gifts and what we need to work on. In Romans 12:6-8, the apostle Paul lists out different spiritual gifts. All of us have a spiritual gift that we can use to build up God's family. That's why we need each other because our weaknesses can be another person's strength.
 
Through our strengths and weaknesses, we can examine our love for one another. Love is a whole list of unselfish things. None of us are perfect and we all have areas that need work. Let's change so that we can produce change in others. Let's keep moving forward and reach out to the lost. Let's make a difference.
 
Personally, I try to examine my own life to see what I can do to make a difference.  The ministry I'm involved in is reaching out to the lost souls, whether deaf, hard-of-hearing, or hearing. I want people to know that Jesus loves them. I may not always say "Jesus loves you" but I try to put my actions as an example.  
 
Sometimes it means sitting down at the lunch table with a group of teenagers or maybe taking a moment out of my day because someone needs for me to listen to them. Sometimes I need to set aside my own time restraint, finances, and agendas to invest in others. Don't get me wrong; I have my own weaknesses such as pride, anger, and selfishness. I am working on weak areas of my life just as well as I am constantly using my strengths.
 
The harvest is out there, but the workers are few. We need more workers in the field to produce constant change in themselves and others. Be transformed. Be renewed. Seek God's will. Follow Him. Be a living sacrifice for Him.
 
Romans 12:1-2, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."
 
Let all God's people say, AMEN!

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