I don’t know what I expected to read in a chapter about hedonism, but I know I didn’t expect pages about Jesus as a troublemaker. However, the shock value of the point makes it stick. After telling the story of Jesus healing the demoniac in Mark 5, Vince Vitale said the following:
I imagine there were a lot of days like this for those who hung out with Jesus—days when Jesus didn’t go looking for His own pleasure but went looking for other people’s hurt. He went looking for trouble because it was in the place of trouble that God had work to do; it was in the place of trouble that healing needed to take place.
A couple pages later Vince made it personal.
God is a troublemaker. He goes looking for trouble and He asks His followers to go looking for trouble with Him. So what trouble is He calling you into, in order to be His agent of healing?
- How is God calling you to die to yourself this week?
- How can you bring healing into a place of hurt?
- Is God inviting you to enter trouble with Him?