Two big thoughts this morning from today’s reading (2 Corinthians 13) …..
(1) A bunch of Christians in a church are encouraged to test themselves to make sure they are truly Christians. You don’t hear this much anymore, which is sad since it’s a good idea, and biblical! I do think of Francis Chan, who in his book writes about the parable of the sower, and begs his readers to consider the possibility that they are not the “good soil.” That perhaps the parable is a warning to them about the condition of their faith. And I’ve heard Chan tell his congregation, “I think most of you, who believe you’re Christians, will not be in Heaven.” Which is backed up by Jesus teaching that many will call him “Lord, Lord!” on Judgment Day, but not be allowed in. Maybe we should examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith? Is your faith genuine? Is it radical? Do you seek God first? Love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? Are you carrying your cross?
(2) Christians are also encouraged in this chapter to aim for perfection. Again, not something you hear much anymore. The bumper stickers say, “Not Perfect, Just Forgiven.” But wouldn’t the Biblical formula be, “Not Perfect. Just Forgiven. Now Aiming for Perfection.” And, again, we should probably examine ourselves to honestly evaluate whether we’re aiming for perfection. Is one of your biggest goals for today to not sin? Is there any sin in your life that you’re okay with? Do you use the “I’m just human,” excuse, conveniently ignoring the fact that you have superhuman power available to you?