The Magnetism of the Provocative


We were created to live radical lives. We were made to be deeply alive, to be stretched to our fullest, and to be passionately involved in this world. So it is no wonder we are attracted to the provocative.

“Provocative” means to “call forward”. It recognizes our God-created thirst for activity and purpose.

After all, we were created to be called and called to be creative. We were formed in such a way that we could be intimately invited to step forward in the shaping of how life is lived on this planet. To be dull is to waste life. To be lazy is to squander. To be without desire is to lose the essence of what makes us human.

So it is no wonder that both Jesus and Satan employ the provocative.

  • Jesus calls us forward. His is an invitation to dinner, shared with friends, scheming plans for life-giving service in the world.
  • Satan calls us forward. His is an enticement to eat from a cornucopia of distorted priorities, devising plans for self-serving survival.

Humans are a “called” people.

To which calling will we respond?

Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20 NLT)


Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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