Growing up I hated math. Ok, who am I kidding, I still hate math. I am sure this comes as no surprise to my high school and college teachers. Math is all around us, and as far as I know, I will be using it until I take my last breath.
There are two equations I want to draw your attention to in the Bible:
1. Transitive Property of Equality
Just about all of us have seen or heard of this equation. The more familiar terminology of this equations would be as follow: If “A” equals “B” and “B” equals “C”, then “A” equals “C”.
Paul is writing to the church of Corinth and told them to follow this equation. He says in I Corinthians 11:1 – “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ”
See the equation? If we (“A”) would look at Paul’s life (“B”) and do exactly what he did and follow the example that was set by Christ (“C”), then our lives would begin to look more like Christ!
I so want to be able to say of my life, “A” = “C”!
2. Simple Subtraction
Addition and subtraction are more my type of math, but even then it can be very, very hard! Let me explain. John 3:30 has to be one of the hardest equations for me to figure out and live by! Why? John 3:30 says, “He must increase, but I must decrease”.
See the difficulty in this equation?
“I want to be king of my own life and I know what is best for me. I don’t need any help making my life turn out the best”. This is the way most Christians today want to live their lives, and I have to say that there are many days that I say the same thing. Do you see the problem with the first sentence in this paragraph? It is full of “I” and “Me” and not full of “HIM”!
Most people today are rewriting John 3:30 to say, “I must increase, but He must decrease”! We would never agree to this statement out loud, but by the way we live our lives, this is exactly what we are saying.
Even with the fact that I HATE math, I do understand that these two equations could change our lives completely. In fact, both of these equations work together. If we are imitators of Paul, who was an imitator of Christ, then we are becoming more like Christ, which in turn is going to increase HIM and decrease us.
Don’t you just love math?!?!