1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
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.
Mondays in our house is the second day in our weekend. We usually take the day to do tasks around the house, like clean work in the garden or take care of our small zoo of critters. Today I decided it was a great day to go on a date with my bride of almost 30 years. We went to see the new movie “Do You Believe?” We try to make a point to support the good wholesome movies that are produced.
I don’t want to give away the plot or story line but I found it pretty cool to see the “Six Million Dollar Man” starring in the movie.
Pastor Matt tells his congregation “Jesus' sacrifice on the cross grants forgiveness. But what does it demand of those who embrace it?” Or, as he says, "If you believe ... what are you going to do about it?"
Faith in Christ can sometimes get reduced to an idea that excites us or a feeling that warms us. Do You Believe? Begs believers to remember that faith was never supposed to be just an idea or a feeling, but a conviction that transforms the way we live day to day, a belief that reshapes our values and choices.
At one point when Bobby is confronted of his belief and why he is doing what he is doing he says “I remember hearing one time if I was put on trial for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict me?” As I watched the movie I kept asking myself that. I want to use the challenge to be more like what God wants me to be, How about you?
As Pastor Matt asked in the movie “If you believe ... what are you going to do about it?”
Dear Lord, we pray that we would not only believe but that we would but action to our beliefs in the things we say and do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.