Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Complete in Christ!
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
2 Corinthians 13:5-10, New King James Version
Complete in Christ
Wait a minute! How can we be complete in Christ? How can we examine ourselves? I thought it was Christ, and not we ourselves, who saved us. What is Paul talking about in 2 Corinthians 13?
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?
Though we do not base our salvation upon feelings, it is true that we do have the ability to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. How do we do that? Do we make sure we have the date and time written down when we came to Christ, so that we can think back to that time? How can we properly examine a faith that rests totally upon Christ?
I think it is quite proper, and even necessary, that periodically we step back and ponder our life, and our actions. What drives us? What motivates us to do the things we do? How important is Christ in our life? How precious is our salvation? Would we faithfully claim our allegiance to Christ if we would be martyred for our faith? How great is our love for Christ?
There are many days we simply do not feel like a Christian! However, as we ponder our life with Christ, the questions above are important to consider honestly before God. No unbeliever can honestly answer those questions in the same way that a true Christian will. Even a weak faith finds its rest in Christ, alone.
In addition, we should see Christ sanctifying our life so that we become closer and closer to the Lord Jesus, and more and more dependent upon Him, alone, in all areas of our life. Just as our salvation is totally of Christ, so is the grace of God showered upon us entirely of God.
Look at the words of Paul as he is nearing the end of his life. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.
Complete in Christ! I pray that you, too, may be made complete in Christ. Christ, alone, receives all the power, honor and glory!
God Bless You,