We have reached the last week of the year. For all those who have been reading these daily posts, I thank you! Thanks for taking the time to make my humble efforts a part of your day. I only hope that you have been encouraged and challenged in your walk with our Lord.
I am always fascinated by who reads these posts. In my mind, I thought these words might appeal to, and be helpful for, people of the Christian faith. I trust they have been. But I am most intrigued by those people who are obviously not professing Christians, who read these thoughts and offer comments. I did not expect that at all. But I am glad for it… I am committed to the belief that God’s truth will stand up to any challenge – and as Christians, we do not have to be afraid of opposing thoughts. We should welcome them, if for no other reason than that it causes us to “dig deeper” into what we believe – and to make it our own. Too often, we Christians, have tended to run from honest debate – probably because we are unprepared to “give a reason for the hope that is within us.”
As I consider continuing this work next year, I hope to be a little more active in addressing our “preparation.” There are real people out there who do not believe what we believe… and it is important to understand their thinking and “accept them where they are.” But it is also important to be able to lead them to an understanding of our thinking – and why it is so essential to us (AND to them). We owe it to this world to be prepared “in season and out of season” to answer the challenges of an increasingly secular society. More importantly, we owe it to God.
I know there may be some who have happened upon these posts who may be curious about all this “Christian” talk. Christianity has become “downplayed” in our society – if not ridiculed as part of the problem and not the solution we claim it to be. There may even be some who are openly wondering: “Why should I consider being a Christian? Is there anything of substance to what Christianity claims?”
Or maybe, you know of someone who is searching for the answers to those all-important questions in life… Who am I? Why am I here? And is there any purpose for my life? Sooner or later, we ALL have to discover the answers to those questions – or find a way to silence them from within our souls. If you are considering faith in Christ, at all, you need to know how Christians answer these questions – and why those answers are the best answers to these all-important questions of life. You owe it to yourself to know the truth – because this truth can bring an amazing freedom to your life!
In these last days of the year, I want to talk about being a follower of Christ. About what it really means… and how Christianity offers the best of all possible ways to know the truth about our lives… and the best way to live them…