So blessed yesterday to have an opportunity to hear Doug Crouse speak at South Jackson. The men here give other men in the congregation opportunity to speak in months which have a fifth Sunday. We are blessed to have 5 or 6 men who capably fill the pulpit on these occasions.
As I sat and listened to Doug’s sermon last night about Troublemakers in the Church I realized what he was saying is actually true. As he defined the needed troublemaker, one who is like Paul and his traveling companions, I realized he was describing what a personal worker should be today.
Doug had 3 ingredients to being a troublemaker. These 3 things seem to be missing in so many cases today.
First, one must be a person of integrity. I see that as a person who not only speaks the truth, but the truth spoken is exemplified in the manner of that individual’s life. Many times we have people say, “Do as I say, not as I do”. Many today do not live the life that shows and exemplifies they belong to Christ.
Secondly, one must be a person of intensity. I see that person as a person who stays true to the truth no matter how hot the heat gets. They are a person who has a deep rooted faith in the mission that is at hand. This is a person who is not willing to compromise his belief. God’s plan for salvation is not open to intepretation, it never changes. Many today say God’s plan changes as often as the seasons.
Thirdly, one must be a person of involvement. I see this person as a person who is willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty following the instuctions given. This person is one who not only offers a plan of action, but is willing to help fulil the plan set forth. in the church today there are many who have all the answers, but are never willing to help solve the problems.
We, as God’s children need to be as Jesus was, one who changes the course of the world. If there are enough of us willing to be a troublemaker, then we can be successful in ensuring the borders of the Church are spread.
Just my thoughts on a Monday afternoon.