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Stir The Pot

There’s one who stirs the pot.  There’s one who stills the storm.  Which one are you?  Which one am I?  I must admit, I am often the one who stirs the pot!  However, I don’t know that this is entirely wrong.  I think there’s a time to stir the pot.  Let me try to draw an illustration here.

There is ultimate truth.  There is ultimate right, there is ultimate wrong.  We live in a world that dismisses ultimate truth and say we are progressive thinkers.  We say we have a right to free speech.  We say we have the right to equality.  We say that something may be wrong to one person, but who gave you the right to say it is wrong for me?  Truth loses it’s authority in our lives.  I don’t want to get off on a bunnytrail here.  Still, there is ultimate truth, ultimate right and ultimate wrong.

When I hear something, or read a post on social media, that flies in the face of what Scripture says, that’s probably the time to “stir the pot”.  To say something.  To offer that ultimate right.  Not based on my opinion, but on what God’s Word has to say.  2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”   And again 1 Peter 3:15-17 says, "And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.  But do this in a gentle and respectful way.  Keep your conscience clear.  Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.  Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!"

And then there’s a time to still the storm.  Again trying to draw an illustration here.  When a person is hurting.  When a person is seeking answers to what is true, right and wrong.  This is an opportunity to still the storm within that person.  An opportunit to offer untimate truth from God’s Word.  

My prayer is to know when it’s time to stir the pot and when it’s time to still the storm.  I can struggle with this.  Also my prayer is to know when to be gentle.  To not be harsh or hurtful.  Because I sometimes find myself being forceful, overtly persuasive.  I want to be gentle, loving.  Or, sadly, I sometimes find myself just not saying anything for fear of backlash.  I pray for discernment for when it’s time to say something, then the right thing to say.  Isaiah 5:21 says it well, "What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.”  Again Proverbs 3:7 says, “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.  Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”  This isn’t about what I have to say.  It’s about what God’s Word has to say.

I am reminded of what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.”  I think this is applicable here.  My job is to remain faithful to God, remain flexible, to be gentle and not overpowering.  I do feel a sense of urgency, not wanting anyone to miss out on God’s offer for salvation.  However, my job is to plant a seed where I am able, or to water the seed where I am able.  God will complete the work.

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