Random Thought 22

“Great moments for the Kingdom sometimes grow out of our restlessness and discontent!”

I have been having coffees with a number of young people during my time here in Ohio. A number of them mentioned that they were not happy with what they are experiencing in their spiritual lives, in their ministries, and in the churches that they attend. They were concerned. I am not. I have learned over the years that there is a gift from God called “divine discontent” and it is a great motivator to encourage change and forward movement in a person’s spiritual life and ministry.

This “divine discontent” is often associated with and connected to a “grace shift” for those who are in leadership and ministry within the local church. A grace shift is when one feels incomplete and unfulfilled within the current ministry they are doing. Yes, good things are happening; people are being touched by God; they are good at what they do and appear successful in their current ministry. But, the life is gone out of it for them. There is an inner discontent and restlessness. This means the call on their life and the resulting ministry that they do for Jesus is changing as they continue to walk with Jesus and mature in their faith and in their calling. So, they are, in a sense, leaving their current situation emotionally and spiritually but have yet to enter into the next phase of their walk with and ministry for Jesus.

This is a grace shift that is felt as discontent, frustration, and disillusionment at times. But although we often seen this as negative it is really a positive sign that we are entering a deeper level of our walk with Jesus and that our ministry is changing as we move forward in our call. Having been faithful in little we are receiving more. Having been faithful in the natural we find ourselves deeper into the supernatural.

But, all this starts with that feeling of “divine discontent” as the “grace shift” begins motivating us to move forward and upward with Jesus. And, I am seriously excited for the young men that I mentor here in Ohio as they experience this “divine discontent” and move into their tremendously powerful future with Jesus and His Kingdom.

“Great moments for the Kingdom sometimes grow out of our restlessness and discontent!”

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