You and I can be shaken by a special event or an occasion, but never stirred to make a difference or any changes in our life or the lives of others. I am reminded of the James Bond movies I use to go see as a child growing up. In case you are not familiar with the James Bond movies, they were about secret agents whose job it was to protect and secure the British Government and its people. James Bond, also code name Agent 007, would always say these words whenever he was ordering his favorite drink, “I like my Martini shaken, but not stirred.” This saying always stuck with me for whatever reason. When I think about this, even now, I am somewhat amazed at the things that I allow to impress me.
Somehow I got thinking about this phrase shaken but not stirred and began to meditate on it. One night while out to dinner I asked my wife Amy what she thought about it. Amy gave me a great illustration of the difference between the two. She took two water glasses from the table, one glass had only ice in it and the other glass had ice and water. Amy took the glass with just ice in it and shook it hard. What I noticed was it made a lot of noise but once she stopped shaking the glass everything stopped … no more noise and no more movement. Then Amy stirred the glass with the ice water. There was little or no noise but when Amy stopped stirring the water and the ice continued its motion. My point is that often being shaken will get your attention and often the attention of others. But once the excitement wanes, then what?
I believe that when we become shaken and stirred our hearts move us into action and cause us to become actively engaged in those things that shook us in the first place. We see this in Scripture when The Apostle Paul encourages a young follower of Jesus named Timothy, to stir up his gift.
2 TIMOTHY 1:6-9
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
I can relate with Timothy’s calling on his life by God. When I accepted the office of Pastor, I stood before the congregation and the pastors and deacons laid their hands on me and prayed. This was a public acknowledgement of my acceptance of God’s calling on my life to serve Him and His people whole heartily. In other words, I was to be stirred up for service. This meant not holding back on serving God and all of his people in teaching the word of God and encouraging others to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
When I read this portion of Scripture, I am reminded that sometimes we need a mentor in the faith to come along side us and stir us. I hope that this post will do just that … excite you, motivate you, tug at you, resurge you, pull you, bring you, call you to the things of the Lord. And, that you in turn will go to those believers in your life and stir them to move in the things of the Lord.
TOGETHER WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
The Believers Share Their Possessions
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
UNITY IN JESUS
When Christians come together in unity, that is when they do the most good. They are reminded that they serve a God who made all things and every event is at the disposal of God. The place where the people of God prayed and worshipped in the Book of Acts was shaken to establish their faith so that in the time of trials they themselves would be unshaken and grounded in Jesus.
God gave them a greater portion of His Spirit which enabled them to speak the word of God with great boldness. Jesus encourages us not to ignore the the power of the Holy Spirit and His power to stir us up. When we are stirred we have a renewed focus on God and our returning to God is what pulls us together. When we are pulled together in unity we will continue to stir each other. What a beautiful picture to see us moving together and knowing that when we are stirred we move. And when we move we have the power to move those around us. I’d love to hear what things have happened in your life which have caused you to be stirred for the Kingdom of God!