MIKE DROP 2: OWN THE IMPACT
Sunday, June14, 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Have you seen the ELEPHANT ?
In the middle of the 19th century, the popular phrase “I have seen the elephant” referred to overcoming the adversities and hardships in one’s life. A fable revolved around a farmer who heard that the circus was coming to town. He had never seen an elephant, and headed to town with his produce to see the elephant. On the road, he encountered the elephant. Unfortunately, the farmer’s horse had never seen an elephant, either. The horse spooked, upset the cart, and ran off, destroying the farmer’s produce. Even so, the farmer declared “I don’t care, for I have seen the elephant.”
Most immigrants rushing to California by land or by sea had seen the elephant, “from the tip of his trunk to the end of his tail” by the time they arrived in California. For any who hadn’t, two or three weeks in California were certain to bring on the vision
Have you seen the elephant? Have you seen something that blew your mind? Something that most would have a hard time believing if you told them?
It was one of the things people wanted to talk to the 49ers about and what Texas Cowboys would brag about for years and years to their friends. That’s why every old west town has a white elephant saloon in it, and the bars and even fountain heads had elephants of brass at the bar.
It’s the question people should be asking you and I as Christians.
What have you personally experienced in the Kingdom that would be hard to convince me its real? What have you seen and heard that blew your mind and changed everything? What have you experienced that made such an impact you were never the same again?
Just like the elephant, it’s one thing to believe it exists. It’s a whole other thing for you have a personal experience that impacts you so much that you are never the same after that.
When it comes to the MIC DROP of the word of God and the presence of God, The Lord has designed it so the impact is completely on us.
WE HAVE TO OWN THE IMPACT.
Hebrews 2:3 – …how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…
There’s a funny term in the Bible for people who can’t be impacted: – STIFFNECKED.
Exodus 32:9 – And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
Unteachable, hard hearted, super formal and dignified. We can’t be hard hearted or stiff necked.
Acts 9:4-6 – Saul’s encounter with Jesus
Jesus to Paul, “Is it hard for you to kick against the pricks?” Have I got your attention now?
When the word doesn’t impact us, IT HURTS us! To be hurt by resistance.
Acts 9:4-6 (The New Life Version) – “Saul, Saul, why are you working so hard against Me?” 5 Saul answered, “Who are You, Lord?” He said, “I am Jesus, the One Whom you are working against. You hurt yourself by trying to hurt Me.”
When we resist the impact, it hurts us and then we get mad at God for hurting us. That’s why religious churches are full of mad, hacked off people: because they have been taught that it’s Godliness to not let anything impact them. They develop a religious system of not responding and not believing. They become known for what they don’t do and what they don’t believe in. It’s why they are the church of the “chosen frozen.”
In Paul’s case, it changed everything for him. It changed his world view, his identity, his direction, his purpose and even his name from Saul to Paul.
WHEN WE LOSE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE IMPACTED, WE LOSE OUR ABILITY TO IMPACT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.
A great example of a MIC DROP moment where Jesus spoke something and changed everything is when the modern media was trying to catch him in a gotcha moment. I’m sorry! I mean when the Pharisees were questioning Jesus.
Matthew 22:34-36 – But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
What denomination are you?
Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
I don’t care what denomination you are, this is the priority of people who truly follow after God.
Think of all the different ways people responded or reacted to what Jesus just said. Think about the powerful, world-changing impact it had on some and how some others just went about their business continuing with their evil agenda.
If you are going to be the kind of person who walks away changed and highly impacted by this world-changing MIC
DROP, you’ve got to learn to capture phrases and language in everyday life. Every day. That’s a MIC DROP.
The first time I heard T.D. Jakes:
“IT IS ONE THING FOR GOD TO REVEAL TO YOU HIS PLAN. IT’S IS ANOTHER THING FOR YOU TO CONFORM YOU LIFE TO THE IMAGE OF THAT PLAN.”
– T.D. Jakes
Or the first time I heard Graham Cooke:
“EVERYTHING IN THE KINGDOM IS RELATIONAL BEFORE IT IS FUNCTIONAL.”
– Graham Cooke
Joseph the prophetic dancer:
“My main responsibility as the senior pastor is to be the chief architect of the culture of the house.”
– Erwin McManus
God tells brother Mario Murillo to steal a bike…
Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
THE IMPACT IS EVERYTHING!