Tension is good. Tension is productive. Tension can move you…if you allow it to. So often we get caught up in playing it safe. We won’t voice our opinion because we’re afraid of what people may think, or we choose to remain silent in a conversation because we’re not confident in our ability to make a convincing argument. When it comes down to it, many of us have a simple fear of tension.

Jesus was the master of manipulating tension for a teachable moment. Can you imagine the uneasiness in the upper room when he identified Judas as his soon to be betrayer? What about that moment in front of Lazarus’ tomb when Jesus shouted for him to come forth? The tension in the hearts of those present had to have been felt in the air.

What about us? What about those staff meetings that really need to get “raw” for a moment but no one is willing to take the leap? What about the ministry team that is falling apart and desperately needs a wake-up call to remind them of why they do what they do…yet no one will risk an awkward moment to correct the problem. What about your friend who is struggling with their walk, yet you choose to stay silent rather than risk a tense moment that could hurt your friendship?

Some of the most teachable, creative and productive moments I have every experienced in ministry were birthed out of moments of tension. A brief period of discomfort and awkwardness was soon followed by a renewed and forward moving vision.

Are you willing to risk temporal uneasiness, to generates a conversation that leads to a move of God?


2 Responses

  1. so true.

    i don’t like this post… 🙂

    how’s that for tension?

  2. Great post Jim!

    Thanks for the reminder.

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