What is a Provocative Christian?
To be provocative means to live in such a way as to provoke a response. Jesus said that men should see our good deeds and as a result, praise our Father in heaven. Our lives should provoke a positive response to the Gospel. Of course sometimes it may also provoke a negative reaction. When that happens we need make sure it is the rejection of the Gospel and not our non-Christ-like behavior that they are reacting to. A provocative Christian life is one that stands out as compelling and desirable and different and leads people to Jesus.
In order to live a provocative Christian life we must get back to the core, the root of what it means to follow Jesus. The word for “root” is also where we get the word “radical”. Think of the word “radish” which simply means root. So getting radical for Jesus means getting to the root of what it means to follow Him. He told us what that is in the Great Commandment. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves. If we did that, it would provoke people to ask questions. They would want to know why we are so gracious, kind, forgiving, why we are serving others, why we are sacrificing for people we don’t even know. In general they would want to know why we are who we are.
Jesus called for ordinary people to live provocative, radical lives.
I trust that this site will help you do just that.
Welcome to the great adventure.