I hope this provokes you …
A young man enlisted in the Army, and was sent to his regiment. The first night he was in the barracks with about fifteen other young men, who passed the time playing cards and gambling. Before going to bed, he fell on his knees and prayed, and the others began to curse, laugh at, and throw boots at him.
So it went on the next night and the next. Finally, the young man went and told the chaplain what had taken place, and asked what he should do.
This story is a good example of what may happen if we persevere through difficult challenges to our faith.
Sadly, the poor advice from the chaplain is all too common. We’re often told “don’t rock the boat” and keep your faith personal. But that’s not the kind of advice the Apostle gives us …
“Let us think of ways to motivate [provoke] one other to acts of love and good works,” Hebrews 10:24.
The world is never slow to provoke us to sin … to anger, cursing, revenge, or hate. And we are not naturally inclined to the way of the Lord.
You and I need to provoked to holiness. Provoked to love. Provoked to good works, and kindness, and the qualities of Christ.
Do you have someone in your life who provokes to follow Christ? Do you provoke others to glorify God, or to walk in the ways of the world?