Stir the pot

I have come to the conclusion that we need pot stirrers in the church; people who are able to stir things up through their own personal journey with Christ. Has your Christian walk ever felt stagnant? Have you ever sat in a church that you felt was little stale or wondered why your spirit wasn’t being fed? AW Tozer once said that “there are rare Christians whose very presence incites others to be better Christians. I want to be that rare Christian.” I know what it’s like to become stagnant. My spiritual life ended up there at some point and I sat on a plateau with very little growth until one day, a day I like to refer to as an appointed time on God’s calendar, Holy Spirit woke me up to a new reality. Over the past few years several different charismatic Christian leaders have put forth an idea that there is more to the Christian life, more to the experiences we were created for, and more to God than we have ever completely realized. The problem, is that until someone or something comes along to stir things up in our life, we don’t realize that we are missing out. This is where the pot stirrers come in. God uses pot stirrers to awaken the church to the greater reality of who He is and the purpose he has for all of us. It’s easy to get into a routine. It’s easy to go to church once or twice a week, volunteer here and there for a good cause, live a good Christian life, and then suddenly realize that a few decades have gone by while our relationship with God has been on cruise control. So we need these pot stirrers to come in from time to time to get us moving in the right direction. Paul mentioned stirring up spiritual gifts in the first chapter of 2nd Timothy and I think the concept here is the same. Fan the flame, stir up the gift, in yourself and in others. Start stirring the pot!

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