February 10th, 2017: If that’s what Christianity looks like, I want nothing to do with it. 

Acts 17:11

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Paul is preaching the gospel to a new area, after being rioted out of the previous town by Jews who didn’t want to hear what he (and his group of disciples) had to say. The next town they go to, in Berea, they see contrast. 

These Jewish people are open to hearing. But they’re also examining the scriptures. They are examining the scriptures every day. They are examining the scriptures to see if what Paul is saying is true. Likely, they are also examining Paul and his disciples.

Things brings up two points. 

1) How are we digesting all of the information that is presented to us? If it is news, are we examining the sources and critiquing the quality? If it’s theology or Christian insight, are we examining it to the word of God? Is it really true? 

There is a pivotal moment when we process information: we decide, is this true? Or, is this untrue? Do I believe this? Or do I not accept this? 

And 2) When we live out our lives, outside influence (friends, family, co workers, etc) will be examining us. Are we a reflection of what we say we believe? Not of the political or scientific theology… but of the core concept of Christ’s life and salvationAre we living out a life that stands up when measured against the truth? 

Let me assure you: outside influences are watching and deciding if they’ll believe. Is our life matching up to hold strong to our beliefs? Just as those in Berea, some are open to the freedom of Salvation through Christ. However, they will likely be contrasting and comparing and possibly saying one of two things. 

If that’s what Christianity looks like, I want nothing to do with it. 

OR

If that’s Christianity, I want to surrender my life to Christ and have whatever secret they have. 

So, which will it be for your life? 

Lord,

I pray that we can all honor you with our lives. Let us be a light in this world that attracts others. I pray that we can give you glory and that it is infectious to others wanting to do the same. We live for you, Lord. Help us to honor You in every way we can. 

Surround us with unbelievers who can see You shining through our broken, sinful, corrupt lives… which are saved only by the grace of God. 

In Jesus’ name we pray, 

Amen

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