Apologetics is important. 1 Peter 3:15 says this “but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” As Christ followers, we need to be ready to defend our faith. Especially now, as our culture continues to undermine the authority of the Bible and degrade the morals we claim to believe in.
I don’t know about y’all – but I’ve struggled with the lie that if what I’m doing in the name of Christ isn’t widely known, then it’s not valuable.
Doesn’t that sound crazy when you read it? But I believe I’m not the only one wrestling with this.
He makes us strong enough to take part in the journey and adventure of turning the 5 into 10. He enables glory-strength within us to turn 2 talents into 4. He says “Come, and see, all that is bright and beautiful.”
I believe in modern-day post-church culture, the fight for our mind is intense. Instantaneous accessibility to any and all information often leads us to believe that we should know and practice all the things, all the time. Mind traps from the creator of lies himself begin subtly, conveniently, and cleverly enough, that we often cannot pinpoint the place it began.
Occasionally – we need to do grind work so that we can walk closer towards Holy Grit. We have to be challenged in order to be better.
As we gather here, especially today, we need to make sure we understand what we’ve been asked to do in the word.
Heart. What does a heart with Holy Grit look like? What does a heart after God look like? What does the Bible say about heart?
Because if we are to love the Lord with all we’ve got, it will take a deeper knowledge and understanding of our entire being: heart, soul, mind, strength.
I will not be able to be beautifully re-made if I am hurriedly chasing after good-yet-earthly things. Practicing Shema means giving God the first and last thoughts of every day – not keeping a running to-do list next to the bedside table.