Is Your Faith Nuclear-Powered?

danger-radioactive freeimages dcandeaMy second favorite chemistry topic in college was nuclear chemistry. (For the record, my favorite was organic chemistry.) Technically, nuclear power is more about physics than chemistry, but it was still covered in my chemistry curriculum.

Nerd Alert. I know.

But stay with me. I want to give a simple overview of how nuclear power is produced, and then connect it to how we should be living.

Nuclear Power

Here is a simple version of how nuclear power works:

  1. A very small particle (smaller than an atom) is produced.
  2. This particle splits another atom.
  3. When that atom splits, it produces more very small particles (and LOTS of energy is released).
  4. These new small particles split more atoms.

These steps keep repeating in a chain reaction.

Got it? Good.

But so what?

Our Faith

Let’s look at Colossians 1:4-8 (NLT, emphasis added)

For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.

Do you see how the faith of these Christians grew?

  1. God’s word / truth came to them.
  2. Their lives were changed by the gospel and the Spirit.
  3. They bore the fruit of faith in Jesus and love for others.
  4. Through their faith and love, the gospel spread, leading to life change for others.

As with nuclear power, the gospel is meant to cause a chain reaction of immense power and change.

For You . . .

So, if you call yourself a Christian, you have to ask yourself these questions:

  1. How is your life being changed by the gospel and the Spirit?
  2. Are you bearing the fruit of faith and love to such an extent that it is well-known? (Think about the church of Colossae. Their faith was heard about from far away, before social media, telephones, etc.)
  3. Whose lives are being changed by your faith and love?

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2 thoughts on “Is Your Faith Nuclear-Powered?

  1. Thanks for the education regarding what is nuclear chemistry. I never made it that far in my business education track.

    The past 10 years at Grace Church has “equipped me” ( read: changed my heart, challenged my world view, taught and developed me), and now as we prepare to move, both Shannon and I have been saying that this is going to be our mission field out in CA. We’ve been praying for our future church and our future neighbors and that we can represent who Christ is.
    I pray that we are the particles that were once atoms in Greenville, SC ready to split atoms in CA.


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