The Best Equation to All by Pastor Brinda VanLeuvan
How many of you have ever said these words: “Oh, don’t ask me! I’m not good at math!” I’m the first to raise my hand. In fact, I’ll raise two hands! Yes, simple math equations like 2 + 2=4, multiplication, along with some division I can do. But, when you start throwing around those formulas that have letters, numbers, positives and negatives with parentheses attached, that’s a problem for me. And not a good problem! I get it, God has given everyone certain gifting’s and abilities and you will never see me pretend to be good at math. I will always come for help if I’m ever in need of finding an answer to such a problem. (I’m praising God right now that my living does not depend on me knowing much about numbers and formulas.)
There is one equation, however, that we should all know or desire to know. Our lives depend on this equation, but more importantly other lives depend on us using this equation.
Boldness + Love = Transformation
When learning algebra and geometry in school, the teacher would tell us to break it down. So, lets break this equation down and see what the outcome is.
Boldness: I can be bold in many things, but other things, I’m a bit frightened to take a step to accomplish the task.
“If the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way. Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.” 2 Corinthians 3:11-12
This gives me the assurance of becoming courageous for Christ and to speak out the Truth He represents.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be Strong.” 1 Corinthians 16-13
What I’m frightened about, I must pray about. I ask myself: am I bold for Christ? The answer, sometimes. Paul says this:
Ask God to give me (and you) the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike (for everyone). Ephesians 6:19
Love: Love doesn’t come from the mouth; love comes from the heart. To solve the math problems, we have to have paper, pencil or our computer. We have to take action, they will not solve themselves. This is a challenging part of the equation especially in our world today. It’s not easy to love everyone, we can say we love them, but remember love is an action word.
There are many ways to show love. The list goes on and on like one of those 2-page algebra problems! I am confident the Holy Spirit shows us ways to love every day. We have to remember to keep this simple 9-word scripture in our hearts and minds. Jesus was bold enough to love us, so let’s be bold to love others!
“We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19
Transformation: This is the answer to our equation. Boldness added to love equals a transformation. Let’s look at it this way. Boldness without love added will be useless in the spiritual sense. For me, it would be like trying to figure what numbers go in those parentheses! We could show a lot of love and not have boldness. However, some people especially in these days where there is so much talk about “acceptance” and anything goes by your “feelings” may not catch on to what our real purpose and God’s will is. Which is to give them a chance to know and follow Jesus. So, the equation must consist of both Boldness and Love.
“I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you!” Ezekiel 36:26
The word transformation means a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. When I was a girl learning math in school, it looked much different than it does now. I hear complaints of the “new math.” Someone must have felt it necessary to transform how you solve the problems. I’m sure many students, parents, and teachers have been challenged in this! Having boldness and love spiritually hasn’t changed but has always been a challenge since the beginning of time.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
When we conform to the worlds view of boldness and love, we see little change in a person’s soul. If we want to have an effect on people for eternity, we must have our own minds renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit. We become transformed. We then have the answer to what the lost need, a transformation in their lives. We have all been told math doesn’t lie. In the end, there can only be one answer. Spiritually speaking, there is only one answer: Boldness + Love= Transformation in both the giver and the receiver. Let’s ask God for help to solve this problem.
Gracious Heavenly Father, we ask for Boldness to speak your truth. We ask for ways we can show Love to everyone we meet. We ask, Holy Spirit, for this to equal Transformation in us all. Renew our minds and give us a new heart to serve you in greater ways! Amen, let it be so.