About the middle of last week, my mind started spinning on another topic that I would revisit day after day. Sometimes I’d see it. Sometimes it would pop-up in a discussion. Sometimes I’d live it. God was pointing it out.
It’s this thought: Ministry is messy. Getting involved in people’s lives is messy. Touching & transforming hearts is messy.
A great example is found this verse:
- "Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox." (Proverbs 14:4)
Do you want a perfectly nice & clean barn? Don’t put any animals in it! Do you want to team up with a strong ox to plant & harvest a field? The barn will get messy. In other words, if you want this nice clean, orderly life where none of the "real-world-ickk" gets on you or messes up your pristine life, you’ll live a nice, clean, orderly, self-centered & useless life.
Jesus showed us that touching people is the ultimate act of love which is both unpopular & messy. Jesus touched the "untouchables" of society…people no one else would touch…like this guy.
Real-world transformation is messy! But people are worth it.