What Is the Evidence?
P. Douglas Small
God’s Word for Today
Read 2 Corinthians 13:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5:19-25
Thoughts for Today
Apologetics is that branch of theology that fashions a defense of the faith before the unbelieving. It is technical and judicial, a specialized discipline. And yet, the average Christian, applying the principles of the New Testament to life, may be the best apologist alive.
What is the connection between an apologist and an apology? They are glued. Inseparable. The greatest defense of the faith may be in our sensitivity to faith standards. There is a line of right and wrong that runs through every heart. Even criminals have code of ethics. And the line lights up, not when we wrong others, nearly as much as when we are wronged. Christians, who recognize, that they have violated the line, hurt another, and admit it. Indeed, confess it. Apologize. In that moment, they reveal their sensitivity to the Word of God, affirm what is right and wrong, and exemplify humility. Without witnessing, they have witnessed powerfully. They have pointed to the supreme standards of right and wrong. Less than perfect, they have nevertheless demonstrated their deep commitment to submit to Biblical truth.
Our greatest witness may be to humbly offer a quiet apology when we have violated the principles of Scripture. By repentance and confession, we testify to truth. Without such acts, we declare our practical disbelief in the consequences of sin and disobedience to God.
It’s Time to Pray
- Paul asked the Corinthians, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith” (2 Cor. 13:5). What proof do you have that you are really a Christian? Are the works of the flesh alive? How is the fruit of the Spirit coming along? Are you a new creation? Have you been filled with His Spirit and power?
- Take steps to apply what He has revealed. What actions will you take?
- Pray for a friend who has yet to believe in Christ. Add their name to your prayer list. Review the ways to pray>
Pray walk your neighborhood. Pray for your neighbors who live on each side of you. Pray that they might be aware of God and live lives conscious of His Presence.
Pray for an Unreached People Group: Arora of Rajasthan, India
The Aroras are divided into three religions (Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism), yet they are open to visiting the sacred places of other religious communities. They are noted for their religious tolerance. Pray that prominent Arora from all three religious communities will find Jesus to be the only way to eternal life.