Raggedy Man

To each of us is given the ability to organize and set straight, some just a little; some a great deal. For those of us with little strength in this area, the world has deemed us a little “Raggedy”.

Raggedy…..perhaps a little too loose for most of the world. Engineers hate us, Accountants despise us, Psychologists probe us, and Religious leaders look down their long pious noses at us.

I contend that he Holy Spirit prefers, maybe even calls, us to be a little on the “Raggedy” side.

Jesus had a small, but “Raggedy”, band of men. John the Baptist was more than a little “Raggedy”, Paul the Apostle started out straight, but ended up “Raggedy”.

In the end, being “Raggedy” opens doors for us. Religion ties our hands. We can’t open doors with hands that are bound. We are relegated to looking through the windows and never experiencing the fullness of the Holy Spirit that only the “Raggedy” man can. “Raggedy” men are not prone to even see the constraints of the religious, which is why we keep running into the vicar.

Paul was perhaps the consummate, “Raggedy” man. The most unlikely of apostles, he was not accepted by many in the early church because of his history and because of his challenge to the early apostolic teachings.

He was not embraced by the early church and was rejected by his Jewish roots. The Jews rejected him because he challenged the authenticity of the teachings of the Pharisees.

Paul the Roman citizen, rejected by Caesar and placed under house arrest for years. He did not accept the deity of Caesar but used their own laws against them.

Despite all this, Paul did more to advance the cause of Christ than any other Apostle.

Paul gave his all, refused to be bought by money, admiration, or affiliation. He just loved Jesus. He was obedient to the call of the Holy Spirit. Passionate about his relationship with Christ, devout beyond belief, and free despite chains that held him most of his adult life.

Can we dare to be as “Raggedy” as Paul? If not, we might not realize the fullness of the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

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4 Responses to “Raggedy Man”

  1. 1 ransom33 April 16, 2009 at 4:31 AM

    Hi Dave,

    That is the real challenge for any Christian, I think. We say we trust in God and his promises but when it comes to the crunch and a choice between humbling ourselves, turning the other cheek or simply being still, and the choice to trust God to see us through something or to establish justice, things are not so black and white any more and doubt creeps in.

    Many say Christianity is used as a crutch, but true Christianity as the apostle Paul understood it and lived it, is the hardest of challenges any one can undertake.

    Good post. Thanks



    • 2 David April 16, 2009 at 7:30 AM

      Hi Ransom33;

      It is always good to see your comments. Doubt is sometimes the mark of our need to grow further. Thomas did not grow like the other Apostles until Jesus helped him confront his doubt. It is when we allow doubt to grow into worry that we begin to find the slippery slope. Worry says we don’t trust Jesus or his sacrifice to carry us through our trials. As you say, “things are not so black and white anymore”. It is when we can call white what appears to be black that we know we are living in true faith and not in worry.

      Because our mind is always at war with the Spirit, living a true Christian life is hard work. As one Randy Travis song puts it “He never promised victory without fighting”. We are called to be warriors, just as David’s mighty men were Raggedy warriors, we to must live on the Raggedy side of what the world sees as normal, for there is where we will find true blessings and we can take the spoil of the enemy.

      When you find yourself weary in battle, stand a little taller and know that there are those of us who will hold your arms up through daily prayer.



  2. 3 ransom33 April 16, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    The last statement in your comment is a beautiful thought that will stay with me for a long time.

    Thank you.

    Bless you,



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