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It is so easy for us to allow our spiritual hearts to be hardened by a sin in our lives. And here is the insidious aspect of this …that this sin could be something that this world defines as typically normal.
It could be a sin of the heart like greed, selfish ambition, lust, resentment, or an unforgiving spirit that has totally hardened our hearts and blinded our spiritual eyes to see that which should be obvious. It could be a practice that the Bible describes as sinful or immoral, and yet we excuse it in our hearts since our culture accepts it. Paul says if we are spiritually uniformed, this spiritual blindness can prevent us from seeing the truth of God’s Word and miss out on developing (or deepening) our faith in God! If you have personally struggled with faith in your own life … Is there some attitude of the heart or practice of sin that is hardening your heart and/or blinding your eyes?
The Apostle Paul provides the answer for this spiritual blindness. He writes,
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 NIV
This summer as our leadership team has been hard at work praying and wrestling with God’s specific vision for us as a church while we continue to pursue the mission that we have embraced to be serious about following Jesus, making disciples. We have been praying and asking ourselves over and over again … What is God’s vision for SWC during the next three years?!
As we have been doing the demographics trying to determine how many people live within simply a five mile radius of the church building, I am beginning to be really humbled by the challenge before us. Once again this week, I had the privilege to be able to meet with some community leaders in a focus group to really try to identify some of the needs of this area.
And what I am seeing more and more clearly even in the midst of many beautiful homes within these affluent suburbs, I am seeing real dark challenges that this region faces (challenges of struggling marriages, overcommitted families, battles with addiction to drugs and alcohol, suicide attempts, children and teens that are so overstimulated by technology that they are disconnected from their parents, siblings, and peers.) Honestly, as I walk out of some of these community focus groups I find myself being a bit melancholy and sobered by the task before us.
Yet the answer is not found in simply some new program or snazzy approach, but instead it is the church being determined to hold up the light of God’s Word and the glory of His Son, Jesus Christ. Paul says we have renounced secret and shameful ways … but we must be resolved to preach Christ!