Are you a disruptor?
A disruptor is someone who interrupts. We usually think of a disruptor in a negative way but “disruptors” invented some of the greatest inventions we enjoy today. A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market by applying a different set of values, which ultimately overtakes an existing market.
For example: E-mail disrupted postal mail because it can send messages over vast geographical distance in mere milliseconds without wasting paper or requiring the spending of money for postage stamps.
Smartphones disrupted personal computers, as they are more portable than traditional PC’s.
In most cases the disruptors were people that were outside of the existing companies. This is because the people who were in the existing companies felt comfortable and did not feel that change was necessary or they perceived that the effort and start up costs were too great.
Disruptors are usually people who see a need or gap that is not being met. A disruptor sees a better way! Disruptors are willing to pay the sacrifice of time and effort to move their ideas forward.
The ultimate disruptor in my opinion was Jesus Christ! God sent His Son into the world to disrupt – to stand in the gap for mankind – to intercede and make the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring salvation to all who accept Him.
I believe that God wants us to follow his example to be a disruptor in order to partner with Him for the well being of others.
In Ezekiel 22:30 it says, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.”
“The wall spoken of here is not made of stones, but of faithful people united in their efforts to resist evil. This wall was in disrepair because there was no one who could lead the people back to God. The feeble attempts to repair the gap-through religious rituals or messages based on opinion rather than God’s will-were worthless as whitewash, only covering the real problems. What the people really needed was total spiritual reconstruction!” Commentary
One effective and powerful way that we can be a disruptor and make a big difference in this world is through prayer!
“Through intercessory prayer I reach out beyond myself and pray, not for my own needs, but for the needs of those around me. I pray for my family, friends, and neighbors who don’t yet know Jesus Christ. I pray for the needs in the Body of Christ. I bring before God all the various needs of others that have come to my attention.” Chuck Smith
We may never be an inventor that changes markets or industries, but by simply bending our knees and praying for those around us fervently, we can be used by God to disrupt the eternal destiny for those we love one life at a time!
Let’s be a disruptor for Christ! Stand in the gap and make a difference for God and this world!
"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much." James 5:16b