galatians sermon

This is something people must ask themselves every single day, sometimes even multiple times during the day. The answer isn’t always one we’re going to like. We know we need to be acceptable in God’s eyes, but we want to be acceptable in the world’s eyes.

It’s hard. It’s hard to try to love a life acceptable to a person you can’t see when there’s people you can see that are hating on you for it. Sometimes, it feels like it’ll be easier to just do what the world wants you to do and hope God understands. It’s hard, I know. Don’t get angry at yourself for struggling with this, it is hard.

But every time you lose the approval of a person, remember that God sees that. God sees what you’re going through and God will get you through it. Not only that, but God will repay you. It’s hard. But keep going, it’s worth it. God’s got you.

Suppose you read at about 250 words a minute. Now the reason I wanted to make this 250 words a minute is because the average American reads between 300- 350 words a minute. So what I’ve tried to do is pull you down to a fourth grade elementary school reading level. I’m saying if you want to try to use the “I don’t read well” excuse, I’ve just stolen it from you. I’ve literally just taken from you the “I don’t read well” because I’m giving you fourth grade reading level. Okay?

Suppose you read about 250 words a minute and you resolve to devote just 15 minutes a day toserious theological reading to deepen your grasp of biblical truth. In one year, you would have read for 5,475 minutes. This means that at 250 words a minute for 15 minutes a day, you would have read 20 average-sized books a year. So let’s look at small seeds becoming big trees. You now add 15 minutes of prayer, five minutes of Bible reading, and 15 minutes of serious theological reading around the biblical text and we’re now at what? Thirty-five minutes. At the end of the year, you have 365 bits of Scripture that you’ve meditated on, you’ve thought on, and you’ve read 20 serious theological books. So this is not complex.

Here’s what the math does. The math shows me we’re lazy idolaters, because you can read. You’re just not fascinated enough with God to read about him. Because, man, when we get into your little projects, I bet you read, man. When it comes to your sports team, you read. I bet you when it comes to fitness, you read. I bet you when it comes to diet, you read. I bet you when it comes to health, you read. See, what gets revealed when you look at the math. See, I love math for only this reason: it doesn’t have an agenda.

—  Matt Chandler