The Process of Progress

I am obsessed with working out; more specifically, I am obsessed with Crossfit! I began in January of 2018 and Crossfit has revolutionized how I see the process of progress. The past few workouts have left me on the floor and I am coming to a place where I anticipate being on the floor, feeling wrecked and coming back the next day, to do it again.

I am truly sold-out to the journey, and I’ve learned to value the pain in this process of progress.  Hitting the floor keeps me humble; each rep keeps me honest, and there is no better feeling than knowing you gave your all to something that leaves you sore but strong.

When I look at the early church in Acts chapter one, I see a group of saints who were sold out to the process of progress. Christ, anticipating this reality, says in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”  Christ came and many witnessed his process as He shook up the political and spiritual climate. They also witnessed Christ being murdered for the revolution He incited.

So not only was the early church sold out to the process of progress, but it also counted the cost. They knew that following Jesus’ example, shaking up the political and spiritual climate of the religious institution, wouldn’t be popular or even widely accepted. They anticipated a difficult road, a path requiring consistent prayer, honest vulnerability, and authentic fellowshipping with one another.  Jesus’ followers knew this process would cause iron to sharpen iron—resulting in discomfort and soreness. They knew that the gospel would cost them their very lives.  Yet they were still sold out to the process of Christ and the progress of the church. And like a strenuous work-out, the pain and soreness of their pursuit signaled to them how much stronger they were getting!

Two thousand years later, the bold courage of the disciples has birthed within me a desire to resurrect their revolutionary movement.  I, too, am sold out to the process of Christ and the progress of His church. I, too, am a part of this same, counter-cultural revolution that fully embraces the struggle any worthwhile cause will require.  I, like the church’s first followers, have received the Spirit of the Lord, and I have been anointed to proclaim good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and liberty for those who are being oppressed. The process of Christian discipleship calls us to be a revolutionary presence within our spheres of influence, and #AdventistRevolution champions a call for contemporary believers to do the same. The progress of the Church depends upon this level of unconventional, bold conviction.  The apostles showed us what it looks like, and we are a collection of dedicated followers who are committed to doing the same.

I am a part of this revolution!  I am unashamed, a little nervous, and totally sold-out to complete this process of progress.  There is no better feeling than to know you gave your all to something that leaves you sore and strong, and I fully expect for this adventure to build me up one rep at a time.

- Tacyana Nixon