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Noaa_valdez_oil_spill_2 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.