Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
How Prepared are you?
“Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished.” (47-48a)
This is the story of Jesus being in the Temple when he was 12 years of age. There are two relative key words that I want to highlight as people of a faith built community the first being “everyone” and the second being “parents”. Why this is important is that Jesus was doing exactly what was said in the first letter of Peter, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence,” (1 Peter 3:15). This particular verse is what we call as Apologetics, a field that enables us to present facts about why and what we hope for through Jesus Christ.
Jesus was sitting among scholars and he was able to amaze them with what he had to present, this not because of what they knew, but because He must have studied the word as a devout Jew. The question I raise here is: if the Lord felt that was important what you think our stand should be?
One day, Sir Isaac Newton wanted to convince that we were not evolved, but were created and he went to his room and arranged a complex array of the solar system. The system was so complex that it took real strategic thinking on how what moved and when. He invited his skeptic friends over and they were amazed at that. They asked him “Isaac how did this come about?” to which he replied ...” oh, I have the faintest clue. I got up this morning and this came about.” “Impossible “they said and then Isaac asked, “why do you think that Gen 1:1 is impossible “In the beginning God Created? You claim that it just happened” The question we need to ask ourselves is: what does the world think about our view? Are we prepared enough to show them where they lack or are we still dodging the truth? What kind of stand do we take? Especially when we vote for who will be in leadership, or when we answer difficult questions “are we born from apes?”
The second important aspect is that his parents were also astonished. How important is your belief when you stand in front of your family? Are you just a world pleasing personality or does your words impact your family as well? Remember the Gospel started at home and then to the ends of the world. If you behave like an ape at home how can you talk to the world that you are a part of creation? The take away to this scripture is what we do every January 1st – read the bible from the beginning which is “: Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…” if we can believe that was what it said exactly the way it said everything else falls in place.
Prayer: O Lord, help me to use your wisdom and understanding in all areas of my life.
Thought of the Day: How deep do we think about our faith?
Prakash. V. Thomas, NJ MTC, Randolph