A Simple, Costly Obedience

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A while back I ran into a guy at church who looked a lot like someone I had seen on some album covers so I told him that with a little chuckle. He said, “That’s because I am that guy.” Turns out he was a part of the Eagles. One day not long after becoming a Believer he woke up and God told him he had to drop out of the band.

I thought, Did he really need to quit the band? Couldn’t he have stayed there and been a witness, and continued to collect millions a year? I thought, Too bad I wasn’t his friend when this was all going down. I could have counseled him with some wisdom and he could still be collecting millions in concert revenues. His tithe could come in handy (the things pastors think of…) I asked him Couldn’t you have just stayed in the band as a Christian Eagle (you’ve heard that line of thinking before). His answer floored me. “God told me to quit and follow him. I didn’t know any better than to just obey him.” God gives us that brand of profound obedience.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.


  1. A quote by Mother Teresa has long guided me:

    “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.”

    This blog entry reminded me of that.

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