How Much Input Do You Need?

If you’re not familiar with Seth Godin, he’s a blogger/entrepreneur/programmer/marketer/genius who daily challenges what you think about everything.

Seth, as far as I know, is not a believer in Jesus.  But what he writes is brilliant and you would have to write off much of the book of Proverbs in order to not pay attention to what he writes.  Often I take one of Seth’s business or marketing thoughts and apply it to my walk in the Kingdom.  The parallels are uncanny.

Anyways, jump over today and read Seth’s short post entitled “In and Out.” It’s worth the read.  Basically Seth asks the question: “How much information do you need before you begin to do revolutionary things?”

Let me rephrase it a little differently, in light of our shared Kingdom priorities:

How many healing conferences are you going to attend before you start to pray for people with cancer?

How many times will you read through the Bible before you start a 2 & 3 or LTG with someone?

How many books on evangelism will you read before you go and start talking to lost people?

Or, if you want to get personal about it: How many house church books and conferences am I going to go to before I start planting and multiplying house churches?

The thing is, in the West, we prefer to know everything and then obey a little.  Jesus would prefer us to obey all of the little we know.

So here’s my impromptu exhortation to you today.  In what area do you know way more than you should but are doing very little with the knowledge?  Obviously we want to wait for God’s sending and there are character issues that need to be addressed.  But is that what’s really holding you back?

Or is it fear?

Photo Credit: Seth Godin by Joi

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

3 responses to “How Much Input Do You Need?”

  1. maree watson says :

    Hi I love Seth too!
    I pray for him sometimes, he is a wise man.
    Just like Jesus he asks us hard questions and turns things upside down so we get a different view of what is familiar or not often thought about. Jesus always points us back to Father, I pray Seth would get it and do the same.

  2. traviskolder says :

    Maree

    Thanks for the comment…and awesome that you pray for Seth. Wouldn’t it be cool to see what a totally redeemed, inspired by the Spirit Seth Godin would look like? Keep praying….

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