Words from the Heart for Sunday August 14th, 2016
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
Revere Christ in Our Hearts
When we live a holy life, others around us will see our choices, actions, and hear our words, and they will notice we are different. Is your life a question mark to the people around you because you revere Christ?
Last December, as the first of the Syrian refugees were arriving in Canada, the Toronto Star published a list of ten things they needed to know about Canada. One thing on the list was Canada’s reverence for French fries. The article says “About a third of Canadians are overweight. Why, you ask? Because of one dish: French fries. French fries come as a side dish on almost every menu in every restaurant in the country. We like to eat them with ketchup, mayo, or gravy (which is made from some unknown meat substance). A special delicacy is called poutine, which is fries served with gravy and squeaky-fresh cheese curds.” Poutine originated in the 1950s in Warwick, Quebec. Upon being asked to add cheese curds to a customer’s fries, restaurant owner Fernand Lachance responded “That’s going to make a dreadful mess.”
The Christian faith is a matter of the heart. It is also a matter of the mind. The Bible says that God is Spirit and we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. If the Christian faith is all about emotion, it will soon lead to license and no sense of how to live according to Biblical principles. If the Christian faith is all about logical thought and Biblical truth, it will soon lead to legalism. There must be about the Christian faith both the heart and the mind. 1 Peter 3:15 puts this beautifully. It says “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” The Christian faith begins in the heart. It begins with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that begins with the recognition of our sinful condition and our need for forgiveness and redemption. We must revere Christ in our hearts as Lord. But there must be more. That is just the beginning. When we give our lives to Jesus, we are called to study God’s word, the Bible. It is the instruction manual for the Christian life and through it we will know what we believe and why. Has Jesus taken up His presence in your heart by faith? Are you developing your mind by spending time in the Bible? By doing so you will be able to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
These have been words from the heart.