Monday, May 16, 2011

Not Us

Leaving church one Sunday morning, a husband and wife said to the pastor, "That was a great sermon, one of your very best. I only wish that our neighbors had been here with us. Everything you said applied to them, and they needed to hear it!”

Far too many individuals come to church with a shield or sieve not a wagon or wheelbarrow. Instead of taking the message with them and applying it to their daily lives, they deflect anything that applies to them or allow only little bits of sifted material to enter their minds or hearts.

One of the important parts of a healthy life style is an annual physical examination by a physician. It is designed as an early warning system to detect any life-threatening disease. Many times an illness can be stopped effectively before it becomes deadly.

So, Scripture says, "Examine yourselves...test yourselves" to see if you are truly a Christian. A spiritual checkup done daily will help us to see if there is a growing awareness of Christ's presence and power in our lives. If we are not getting closer to God every day, we are moving farther away from Him.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to be honest with You about our salvation and to be true Christians, not imposters. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13:5-6

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