We can do the research and easily put together a scientifically and historically verifiable case for Christianity. Because of this, I am doubtful that the greatest obstacle for Christianity is the inability to provide answers, but it is actually the Christian’s inability to live out the gospel.
The beautiful thing about Christianity, and what makes it different than any other religion, is the concept of grace. Our standard to live by is Jesus Christ, and we will always, always fall short. Yet, God’s grace makes up for what our wills cannot accomplish.
Do we, as Christians, sometimes take advantage of the grace God extends to us? Perhaps we even expect or wish all the grace for ourselves, but give very little to others. After facing a lot of criticism from fellow believers, The Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren said, “I say this in love; I wish that those who believe in the doctrines of grace, would be a little more gracious.”
This shortcoming doesn’t just rob us as Christians, but also robs the onlookers that are observing the fruitfulness of our message with our daily life.
The Irish evangelist Gypsy Smith once said, “There are five Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, and some people will never read the first four.” For anyone pegged with a curiously or a looming question, the factual based answers are not enough; they look for the visible transformation.
I think Louie Giglio’s analogy on grace will tug at your heartstrings. The analogy begins at the 35 minute mark. If you have time to watch the entire thing I encourage you to do so! Definitely don’t miss WHY “the spoon is used”, after he gives the analogy.
“We celebrate the shovel but we dispense with a spoon. It’s because we a flawed.”- Louie Giglio