In the last few days, I came across these two incisive and profound articles. Check them out below:
As the first article explains, Apple is routinely described as an innovative company, and in one respect it is appropriate to describe it as such. But in reality, it develops innovative products and then spends years refining and perfecting those products, making them the best they can be. As Ben Taylor declares, specifically that’s not innovation, but iteration, which means to do something again and again.
I believe this is a great reminder for Christians! A mature Christian life consists of doing the same practices daily, yet seeking to do them better, and becoming stronger and more intimate with our Lord and Savior in the process. And, let’s not forget, Christians are to pattern their lives and practices after a man who lived over two thousand years ago, because he exemplified the perfect Christian life! So think of it this way, for Christians, innovation can be a good thing, but iteration is a virtue!
In the second article, Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of Lifeway Research, calls for Christians to engage in culture in at least three ways (some say more ways are possible, but that’s a discussion for another day.). Thankfully this article caused me to reevaluate how I currently engage culture, but as I read this article, honestly my greatest fear was realizing that many Christians are not engaging culture because they are too busy enjoying culture by participating in all its offerings and diversions.
Both of these articles steered me to the Scriptures and these seminal verses in James:
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds . . . You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. James 2:18, 24 (NIV)
May this remind all of us that what we do matters in so many ways!