Today’s bible verse is 2 Corinthians 13:5:”Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test?”
Nobody likes to test themselves; usually for fear that they will fail. If is important, as Christians, to continually test ourselves to be sure we are practicing our faith and following Jesus as best we can. This is not something that will take a tremendous amount of time, and is is not an easy test to fail, since God gives no grades. But, during each day, we can ask ourselves again and again – Is this what my faith teaches me to do?We learned much of our faith as children and have added to it and improved upon it as adults, yet it is sometimes very easy to forget all of what we have learned. The chapter and verse may not be terribly important, but the concept is. The basic concepts of being a Christian, being a follower of Christ and living a life that emulated that of our Savior, is our goal. At any given time, probably all of us would “fail” such a test during a lesser moment. Again, we would surely “ace the test” when we let the light of Christ’s love shine in us, through us and around us.
To better understand this rather difficult verse, we share the commentary of Ray Stedman of Authentic Christianity who helps make it more understandable and biblically based: When we are out of line with Christian standards we have to ask ourselves, Am I a true Christian, or am I a counterfeit? Have I been born again, or am I only putting up a front? Those of us who are Christians ought to ask ourselves that occasionally. It is a good idea to examine yourself, especially if there is any kind of wrong behavior involved.
The very fact that the apostle could ask a question like that indicates that a possible answer is what marks true Christianity. A Christian, of course, is not simply one who joins a Christian church. Nor does adhering to a certain moral standard in your life or the fact that you consistently read the Bible make you a Christian. A true Christian is someone in whom Christ dwells. And the person in whom Christ dwells will have certain inescapable evidence of that fact given to him or her. Paul is suggesting that we ask ourselves if we have the evidence that Jesus Christ lives in us.
You may be asking, How can I know that? The answer is found in several places in Scripture. For instance, Scripture speaks of an inner witness. In Romans Paul says, The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (Romans 8:16). That is one way you can know. There is an inner testimony, a feeling, a sense within produced by the Spirit of God who dwells within that you are part of the great family of God.
Scripture speaks also of desires that are born in the heart of a new Christian. First Peter 2:2 says, Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. One of the marks of born-again believers is that they have a deep and sudden thirst for the Word of God, a hunger to be fed, to know the truth of God.
This inner change will also produce an outward change, which is not all subjective. We can answer the question, Is Jesus Christ in you? By observing our conduct, because the inner change will produce a different attitude toward our behavior. One of the striking things about new Christians is that they invariably begin to manifest a totally different attitude toward things they once thought were appropriate. In some of the more blatant forms of evil, such as attitudes about lying or drunkenness or stealing, they find immediately that their attitude is changed. That is because Christ lives in them, and light can have no part with darkness. Christ cannot share with Belial. Even our attitude toward our own selfishness changes. We see how selfish we have been. It looks ugly and distasteful in our eyes, and we want to be free from it”.
May we continually remind ourselves that we are being tested and to test ourselves. Help us to be the best Christians we can and true followers of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
You might also like to read:
- Bible Verse of the Day
- Daily Bible Guide
- The Disciple by Ronald Way
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series
- Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament
- UpWords Daily Devotions by Max Lucado
- Pocket Devotions by Mike Brooks.
Columbia Prayer Chain
Friday, October 28
In our prayers: Sharon, Mary, Lynn, Linda L., Mary M., Melinda, Doris, Jeannie, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Donna Hotaling, Jerry Callahan, Russ Meyne, April Goodwin, Laura Bushnell, Loretta M. in Cayce, Kody Oswald, Tina Bailey, Oliver Crawford, Edgar Maxwell, Laura Lou Rummans, Elizabeth Adams, Rootie Pope in Leesville, Gene Awtrey in Spring Valley, John Conde, Millie Husbands, Clyde Ireland, Sam King, Bob Whiteside, Chuck Witten, Lindsay Cathcart, Raven Tarpley, Elizabeth, William Alex McDaniels, Maddie Rosenthal, DuBose Tuller, Nancy, Lynn in Camden, Frances R., Nancy and Ann, Chris Johansson in Blythewood, John in Forest Acres
In memoriam: Delores Butler Eichelberger, Mary Laney Hinson, Diane Kathryn Kincaid, Chandra Smith, Linda Hoffman McGee
In loving memory: Kim Brown Renee, James Curtis Foster
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our thoughts and prayers are with all victims of domestic violence, especially the families of Alysha Ziolkowski, Victoria Williamson, Amanda Lynne Peake and her children, Cameron and Sarah, Amanda Ruth Jarard and Kiara Smith
Our prayers are with: The homeless, the unemployed, all infant victims of abuse, all those fighting breast cancer and all breast cancer survivors, all beloved pets, our president and congress and all who serve in the armed forces
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