Over 30 of us were at UCLA’s Royce Hall last night to witness our brother, Ravi Zacharias, give an amazing lecture addressing the prompt, “Is Tolerance Intolerant?” Having known Ravi for nearly 17 years now and being well-versed with his talks, thinking, and illustrations, I was quite familiar with much of his talk, often reciting along with him in my head while he was sharing. But like I texted him later in the evening, I was still mesmerized, moved, inspired, and impacted. Funny how that works.
My personal studies this week in God’s Word have been equally exciting and enriching, though I’ve been working through passages and verses I’m quite familiar with. There it is again. Why am I freshly impacted by the familiar?
As Lamentations reminds us, God’s mercies are “new every morning.” With the dynamic, fresh, proactive yet unchanging Holy Spirit leading the Christian’s life, our faith never gets old, boring, or familiar. It may get tedious, difficult, and challenging, but never stale and mundane. That kind of “Christianity” is not of Him. It’s of us – who are more content to watch the game from the sidelines than to actually get in the game, listen to our Coach’s directives, and “leave it all on the floor,” as it were.
But for those of us who want to be used by God to be difference makers and game changers, we must be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, workmen who do not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2Tim. 2:15). And that begins by the renewing of our minds. (Rom. 12:2)
It’s hard work, slow, and tedious at times. But there is nothing like having the Lord anoint you and work through you mightily! Ask Ravi.
Please read this interview to begin your journey of insightfully looking at our culture through His lenses!