As a younger man, I was privileged to do a pastoral internship under Dr. Roy Blackwood in Indianapolis. One of the many lessons he taught me and demonstrated with his life that summer was that we should always be what he called “catalysts for the kingdom of God.”
Roy was trained in chemistry, and understood a catalyst was “a substance that causes, or at least accelerates, a chemical reaction between two other substances without being affected itself.” For a household example of a catalyst, if you have those white, lime spots on your glassware from your dishwater, you can soak them in some vinegar to get rid of the spots. But it takes quite some time for the spots to disappear. However, add to the vinegar some rubbing alcohol, which serves as a catalyst, and the vinegar works much more quickly to do the job.
Similarly, Roy understood that often our gifts are not the best ones to employ for a need at hand because we lack the “proper chemistry.” Instead, many times the best thing one can do for the kingdom of God is to introduce two people or even two ministries to one another that could benefit mutually and then “get out of the […]