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Faith & values

January 25, 2014

Don’t settle for good, but for perfection

Apologetics is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity.” It isn’t a group of people going around apologizing for Christ, but rather defending Him, usually through lectures and debates. One of the techniques used is to ask people a few questions. “Have you ever stolen anything regardless of its value?”  Most people would say yes. “Have you ever used God’s name in vain?” Most people again would say yes. “Have you ever looked at a member of the opposite’s sex in a lustful way?” You guessed it, most would answer yes. It is, then, explained that these are only three of the 10 Commandments, and, in God’s eyes, you are guilty of sin.

The responses to this Q&A are usually quite remarkable. The reason it is so effective is because it reveals to the individual that they aren’t as “good” as they thought they were. Who came up with what makes things “good” anyway? Is it based on the Holy Word of God, or is it by what you and I think of as being “good.” When God formed all of creation, He saw that it was good. I don’t know about you, but my standard of good isn’t anywhere close to creating the universe. So, if God can look upon His work and call it good, how can our lives be compared to that? Colossians 1:10 states, “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Lives devoted to Him and His work being fulfilled through us is what is pleasing to Him.

We must stop believing the lie that being a good person will get us into Heaven. Jesus was sent into this world because God knew that our standard would never rise above good. He sent us a Savior, an example of what He expected from us. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for our sins on the cross so that when God looks upon us He doesn’t just see “good,” but He sees perfection. He sees His Son, but not our shame. Jesus was the answer for sins, and He is the answer for our eternity. Without Him, all we would have to show of this life is good works, good deeds and good intentions. Through Christ, He sees the perfect creation He intended us to be.

That is why the Apologetics is an affective form of witnessing. Once people understand that they are sinners, they question, “How can God ever love me?” John 14:6 says "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is the answer!

Christ’s finished work on the cross has redeemed all who put their trust in Him. We should never settle for good in this, life but settle for perfect. That can only be accomplished through Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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