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Let your life stir up unrighteousness

Introduction

In St. Matthew 21 :10 we read, “When Jesus came into Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar. People were asking, “Who is this?” (GW). In the same chapter in verses 12 and 13, he was stirring up things as it states, “12 Jesus went into the temple courtyard and threw out everyone who was buying and selling there. He overturned the moneychangers’ tables and the chairs of those who sold pigeons. 13 He told them, “Scripture says, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you’re turning it into a gathering place for thieves!” (GW).

He made his intentions clear in St. Matthew 10: 34 -36, when he said 34 “Don’t think that I’ve come to bring peace to the earth. I haven’t come to bring peace but a sword. 35 I’ve come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 People’s enemies are members of their own households. (CEB)

Are we stirring things up?

During his life on earth Jesus was serious about his father’s business and he set an example for us to follow, in stirring up unrighteousness. As we approach the end of the ages and get ready to meet Jesus, we will be hard pressed on every side to conform to the way of the world. Being of good character and having integrity is sometimes seen as an offence to some persons.

When we watch our televisions and read newspaper articles of good samaritans who find and return large amounts of cash, they are normally ridiculed by family and neighbours. They are called all types of derogatory names because they did the right thing. Most times these good samaritans receive more in rewards than the monies they have returned. I still believe that people of integrity are in the majority.

God is calling on the church (every man, woman, boy and girl) who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour to come up higher and stand out from the World. In the past few years there have been so many scandals affecting the Church bringing the organisation and its character into disrepute. The World is looking to the Church for guidance and leadership in this dark period on earth with pandemics popping up everyday but instead of reflecting Christ, the World is sometimes seeing a reflection of themselves.

When did we take our eyes off Jesus Christ and started behaving like the wayward Israelites and lost our fire to kill Goliaths like David? The World loves to discredit the Church and our faith, so the good that is being done by the Church would not be highlighted just the issues, giving the impression that we are not stirring up unrighteousness.

All is not lost, we still cause a stir

Unfortunately every organisation or group has a Judas in the lot, a wolf wearing sheep’s clothing. However, there are several Churches that are feeding the poor and needy, helping withmedical expenses, paying school fees and taking care of the orphans and those in prison, among other things. The Church is stirring things up for Christ even when we do simple things like inviting someone to church.

I remember I had a neighbour that used to wash his cars every Sunday morning. He gave those cars some good wax and polish. When I was leaving for church he would be out there washing and cleaning away, I invited him to church and guess what. He stopped washing his cars on Sunday mornings, I guess he started hiding from me. I guess I stirred him up.

The truth of the matter

Most people don’t want to hear about repentance and sin and are happy to go into eternal damnation and Christians actually make them uncomfortable. When they get uncomfortable they will make you uncomfortable too. Some will play derogatory music because they know it affects you and do all manner of ills everytime they see you, trying to bait you into conflict. They are scared to face their sins and the enemy does not want to release them and I think some are comfortable too. Don’t stop shining brothers and sisters of faith, continue to make sinners uncomfortable and stir up unrighteousness. You are the light and salt of the earth.

medical expenses, paying school fees and taking care of the orphans and those in prison,
among other things. The Church is stirring things up for Christ even when we do simple things
like inviting someone to church.

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