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COLUMN: Are you rusted in place?

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By Jon Rohr

First of all let me say, I am NOT a great mechanic.  In fact my mechanical skills are somewhere between basic and non-existent.  On the other hand, over the years I have learned a thing or two.
One of the things I have learned is that some nuts and bolts are stubborn.  Another thing I learned is that the more stubborn the nut, the more force you need to apply.  For example, if a simple 6 inch wrench won’t budge a nut that is rusted on, get a wrench with a longer handle.  If that doesn’t work, you can always find a piece of pipe to put over the wrench handle to make it even longer.  That gives you more force on that stubborn nut and bolt.
Then, after you have cracked your knuckles a few times and perhaps said a few words you hope your kids didn’t hear, you might grab a hammer.  A few taps with a hammer on the end of a wrench can often break a nut loose.  But I bet the bolt isn’t too happy about that hammer.  In fact, sometimes at this point the bolt will snap and then you have a whole new problem!
My point is this, many of us are as stubborn as rusty nuts and bolts.  God is trying to get us to move, but we’ve become comfortably rusted in place.  We have our comfortable seat at church and our comfortable friends in Sunday school.  We enjoy a comfortable Sunday dinner and we have our comfortable routine.  But I can’t find anywhere in the Bible where God says our comfort is his goal. God’s plan for us is bigger than that.  In fact he tells us to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matt 28:19 NIV)  We are called to be more than pew warmers.  In fact, Jesus said, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19)  Have you been “fishing” lately?  Have you gone out into your world, your workplace, your school, and tried to make disciples?
The spirit of God is like oil on a rusty bolt, if it sinks in, the rust breaks loose.  Are you willing to let God’s spirit work in you, or will it take a hammer for God to get you moving?