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18 December 2007

So That Mullet Actually Helped, You Say?

Jan Owen made a great observation on the post on December 16: "For years I tried to 'remove' parts of myself. Now I live with it and realize God uses it."

Upon moving into a leadership role in the church there have been several aspects of my life that I've had to adjust -- adjustments that have felt against my nature. For one, I've always been a very democratic sort of fellow (the concept -- not the political party), and have come to see that while this has its merits occasionally, it's often not a terribly good way to "lead."

There are past experiences -- ones I'd often wished had never happened -- that have actually helped as I've been involved in what God is doing. I've seen that my experiences growing up as a mullet-wearing, authority-questioning punk have frequently allowed me to see things from the same perspective that today's fauxhawk-wearing, authority-questioning punks do. At the same time, being on this older, wiser side of those same experiences allows me to look with extreme respect upon those who did not have the same weaknesses that I did, and have continually fought the good fight, standing for Christ all through their angst-ridden teenage years and beyond.

There are parts of our human nature, outlined all through the Word, that we must divorce from ourselves. "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls." (James 1:19-21, NLT)

But there are, indeed, aspects of our lives that we must accept as areas that God can continue to use. 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 (NKJV) says, "Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you. Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. Each of you, dear brothers and sisters, should remain as you were when God first called you."

God will definitely direct some people to make life- and career-changing moves, but He will also (more frequently, I'd argue) call many to minister and live for Him right where they are.


Leroy said...

At the VBC this saturday night, a review of history. We will discuss "When Good Mullets Go Bad". Ha, ha, ha!!

Using our past experiences (good AND bad) to grow ourselves is all a learning process. If we become wise from it, then it's a good thing. If we repeat the experience (bad in this case)...maybe we'll listen better this time around.

Preston N said...

I receive a monthly newsletter from Dave Wilkerson and this months message was very similar to what you were saying here. Many times people think we as "everyday" Christians feel they are somehow less important than those who are called to be in missions and so forth. I know I have personally felt this way on several occasions.

However, Dave gave a great example by using King David and a battle he had with the Amelikites. In this battle David took 600 men into battle. But when they came upon the enemy only 400 could go into the battle, as the remaining 200 had to stay behind as backup. Dave Wilkerson said many of us are like the 200 whereby not everyone is called to be on the front lines of this cosmic battle of good versus evil. As with any good army, some have been called to play a supportive role, but nonetheless it is a vital role to the overall success of the army.

Once the battle had been won King David equally gave the spoils of war to the entire 600, even though it was the 400 who had fought on the front lines. Dave uses this example to show the fairness of our Heavenly Father. When we stand before God on Judgement, we will see those who fought the front lines battles, but I think God will also line up behind that person everyone that played a supportive role in that person's ministry - from the senior citizen who gets up everyday and is a faithful prayer warrior to those that may have prepared a meal or offered an ear to listen, this will be truly humbling and a blessed sight to see. That it was not the work of one, but the work of many.

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