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Why are We Running?

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. Our young kids at The Landing came into our worship service waving palm branches and singing Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The atmosphere was festive…celebratory…it was like a street party.
Now this made me think of church today in the 21st century. Today it's so important to have video screens, powerpoint presentations, screaming guitars, moving lights and of course, singers. The more colorful and dynamic your presentation is today the more that people seem to show up at your location. Churches are erupting today. But why are people coming out? Are the modern day churches seeming to erupt the same way now that they did then? Is it over the manifestation of the supernatural…over the appearance of the miraculous? What are we chasing? Are we are spending too much time running after healing when we should be running after the healer?
When we go after a movement rather than the MOVER, we set ourselves up for disappointment and worse than that we disappoint Christ. Jesus cried over Jerusalem before he rode into the palm branches and worship songs. Was he crying about the pending street party? Was he unhappy with the colt they brought to ride on? Have you ever thought about that? What makes Him sad? Perhaps what makes our Lord cry is when our passion is greater for the miracle than the Miracle Giver. We should pursue His presence NOT His presents.
As we go through Holy Week, lets ask ourselves a tough question…”what am I running after?” Am I chasing after a healing when the power to heal and be healed has already been given to me by Christ? Go after Christ and you will find everything else!