The Glory of Plodding by Kevin DeYoung

>> Friday, May 21, 2010

Hello all!

Kevin DeYoung and Ligonier Ministries have published an excellent article titled "The Glory of Plodding". In it, author Kevin DeYoung has wise words for "revolutionary" Christians regarding the necessity of a willingness to be "usual" and "plodding".

My favorite portion of the article is probably the following:

My generation in particular is prone to radicalism without followthrough. We have dreams of changing the world, and the world should take notice accordingly. But we’ve not proved faithful in much of anything yet. We haven’t held a steady job or raised godly kids or done our time in VBS or, in some cases, even moved off the parental dole. We want global change and expect a few more dollars to the ONE campaign or Habitat for Humanity chapter to just about wrap things up. What the church and the world needs, we imagine, is for us to be another Bono — Christian, but more spiritual than religious and more into social justice than the church. As great as it is that Bono is using his fame for some noble purpose, I just don’t believe that the happy future of the church, or the world for that matter, rests on our ability to raise up a million more Bonos (as at least one author suggests). With all due respect, what’s harder: to be an idolized rock star who travels around the world touting good causes and chiding governments for their lack of foreign aid, or to be a line worker at GM with four kids and a mortgage, who tithes to his church, sings in the choir every week, serves on the school board, and supports a Christian relief agency and a few missionaries from his disposable income?


I'd encourage you to read the rest of the article here. I'm sure you'll be edified by it. :-)

If we as Christians want to be effective ministers of the Gospel we must learn to be faithful in little things if we are to "enter into the joy" of our Master (Matthew 25:23) and that God rewards the faithful, not the rich or famous (Matthew 19:27-30).

God bless and veritas supra omnis!

2 comments:

Andrew Hipps May 22, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

Mark,

I agree with your statement: "If we as Christians want to be effective ministers of the Gospel we must learn to be faithful in little things if we are to "enter into the joy" of our Master (Matthew 25:23) and that God rewards the faithful, not the rich or famous (Matthew 19:27-30).
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However, I did not see this message in Mr. DeYoungs article. If I may ask, what in particular do you see as good points(or bad) in the article?

Andrew

Mark Hutchins May 31, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

Andrew,

That portion was actually my comment in response Kevin DeYoung's article.

Without re-reading the article, I don't think I disagree with anything he said, but the balance to what he said (he probably agrees...just couldn't say everything in the article) is that there are times when we have opportunities to move rapidly and radically and should (radical isn't necessarily bad just as it isn't necessarily good). So, I don't think I "disagree" with anything he said. It was all true, but there are other truths to balance it out, if that makes any sense. :-)

Thanks for the comment!

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