Musician Elvis Costello once stated: “My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant.”
Was Jesus an irritant?
A former surgeon, and the current President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said:
“I doubt that the Lord cares much which honorable vocation you choose. But He does care if you love one another and serve one another.”
Can an irritant push us to love one another and serve one another?
American writer and English professor, Mary Gordon, thinks:
“Waiting is the great vocation of the dispossessed.”
Didn’t Jesus focus his teaching on the dispossessed?
An irritant creates discomfort, how do those parables from Jesus make me feel?
Do they push me out of my comfort zones?
Shouldn’t I have the same hunger, passion, and purpose to be an irritant like Jesus?
I think Jesus is tired of waiting for me to become an irritant.
He needs me to love and serve the dispossessed.
How about you?
Are you ready to become an irritant?