Don't Be Superficial

Text: Luke 1:3
I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, (NRSV)

As a kid there was a saying that I used to see on a bumper sticker on a car in my town that made me wonder about the quality of the individual’s relationship with God.  My first thought was always along the line of “This person must not have a very close relationship with God.”  In hindsight, that was probably unfair.  I have no idea what the relationship was between the person with that bumper sticker and God.  The sticker said, “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.”

Now perhaps that sounds like someone with great faith to you.  But to me, it sounded like someone who never took the time to invest in an examination of their faith.  I like what Luke has to say in this verse, “after investigating everything carefully from the very first…”  To me, that is what it means to develop a mature faith in God.

Until we understand for ourselves why it is that we believe what we say we believe, we will never be able to talk reasonably about our experience with God.  If one quickly and blindly believes something without examination, that belief can be just as quickly shattered if challenged by an experience that does not line up with the belief.  However, if one investigates and examines their beliefs, and then something appears to throw doubt on the belief, there is already in place a framework with which to hold fast or make the changes that might be necessary to better align one’s faith to the truth of God.

For me, a superficial faith that has not been explored and prayed over, is a dangerous way to live out ones Christianity.  It reminds me of Jesus’ parable of the house built on the sand (see Matthew 7:24-27).  I’m with Luke here, don’t have a superficial faith but investigate your faith carefully so that you might have an orderly account of what you believe, ready to explain why you love God the way you do.

Pray with me:

God of love and God of wisdom pour you knowledge into me through the gift of your Holy Spirit as I examine my faith and perfect my love for you and neighbor.  AMEN.

No Comments





no categories


100 Bill Anger Authentic Bible Body of Christ Brigantine Beach Broken world COVID Centered Changed Charlie Brown Child of God Chosen people Christian Education Comfortable Denominations Dimock PA Discipleship Discipline Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God is Love God's Glory God's call God's creation God's economy God's face God's first words God's leading God's light God's love God's plan God's presence God's story God's timing God's voice God's ways God's way God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s first words God\'s leading God\'s light God\'s love God\'s presence God\'s story God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s leading God\\\'s love God\\\'s story God\\\\\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s story God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s story Godhead God Grandparents Day Grandparents Hands and feet of Jesus Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus Loves Me Jesus is Lord Jesus the healer Jesus John Wesley Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Laughter Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Love One Another Made new Mesa Newness of life Norms Obey PPE Peanuts Psalm 130 Psalm 91 Radical Transformation Recreate Refreshed Rock Sabbath Sanctified Satan Saul Savior Seeing God Shalom Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Stumbling Sunday School Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The family of God The new people of God The people of God Transformation Trinity Truth in love Truth Unconditional love VBS Values Voice of God Weary Worship Written word abundance action affirmation air anchor answered prayer anxiety arguing arguments armor ask God asking God assurance attentive awe b r e a t h e baptism be ready be strong believe birds born again born from above bread of life bright broken call to ministry calm camp meeting caretakers celebrate character children of God choice choir choosing church comfort commandments community compassion confession conversation with God creation decision defending God dependent depression depths devotions direction discouraged disney distractions diversity divided do no harm dream big dream empowered enjoy equality eternal life evangelism evidence examine excuses expectations expecting God experience failure faint faithful fear fellowship finding God finding Jesus focus follow through forgiveness free from sin free will freedom gathered giving God the glory goals godly good neighbor good news good works grace grief grieving guidance happiness hard hate healing helpless help hide and seek holy living holy hope humility hunger ice cream image of God infinite worth injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy justify knowing Jesus knowledge learning letting go life in the Kingdom life lightning light listening living together living looking for God love God love neighbor love of God love self love loving God loving Jesus loving others mature meaning meditate meditation mercy ministry miracles miserable mission mistakes motivation murmuration music neighbors new begging new life ocean olympics overcome overflowing partnering pass it on pay no attention peace persecuting Jesus perseverance persistence power praise pray big pray for students prayer praying predestination prepare priorities proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose real deal reconciliation recreated redeeming redeem refining refuge rejection rejoice relationship remember repent rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk rules sacrifice salvation sanctification scarcity school scripture searching seeking God self-assessment self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart share shine brightly shine simple simplicity simplify sinners sinner sin solitude spending time with Jesus spiritual disciplines spiritual exercises spiritual gifts spiritual growth spiritual health spirituality start over status quo stewardship steward storms stress struggle students success suffering teaching temptation test thankfulness thanksgiving the great commandments the sky the unknown thunder time with God tired together transfiguration troubles trust in God trust understanding unexpected united methodist church value victory vision waiting on God walking with God wear out welcome wisdom witness wonder worries worry your story