Disrupted: Allowing Great Disrupters into Our Lives

October 16, 2014 by Amy Mathis

“As_iron_sharpens_iron,_so_one_personWhen I think about the challenge in this week’s devotion, “it is my deepest desire that in this journey of life, God will continue to send his Disrupters my way!  And I wish for you the same.”   

You, like me, may need to ask if Gayla’s challenge is something we are willing to accept?   King David did not initially know that God had sent the prophet Nathan to reveal his sin of taking another man’s wife.  It’s impressive spiritually that God supernaturally revealed David’s sin to Nathan, but even more impressive that once exposed, David repented.  David took the great Disrupter’s message/challenge and did not hesitate to repent from his great sin.  

Next question, do we individually or as a family encourage Disrupters like Nathan to come into our lives to challenge us to repent when they see that we need to?  James the half brother of Jesus and pastor of the Jerusalem Church mentors us that we must ask spiritual Disrupters to be a part of our lives if we’re going to be healthy spiritually. James tells us how in James 5:16, Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

Gayla’s wish, David’s exchange with Nathan, and James’ challenge all sound a lot like Solomon’s famous exhortation from Proverbs 27:17 of, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”   At face value all of the above challenges may sound like “self destructive sentiments”, but that could not be any farther from the truth.   The Hebrew writer brings that point home in Hebrews 12:11 when he says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”   The truth is our need for spiritual disruption is ongoing, the real question is, are we willing to be Disrupted to become more like Christ or not?

Are we as Dads?   Are we as Mom’s?  Are we as sons and daughters?  The acid test of whether we “get it” or “not” is how well we learn from our spiritual disrupters.  Gayla’s desire that God will bring spiritual Disrupters into our lives will prove to be a blessing if we will let them transform us more and more into Christ’s very likeness!   That is my prayer to for you, for me and for our families!

“Friendship is a deep oneness that develops when two people, speaking the truth in love to one another, journey together to the same horizon.” Timothy Keller
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