Examine What You Believe
Are you ready to examine what you believe about everything? That’s a daunting question isn’t it? But it’s a question that really takes a lifetime to answer. As we move into a new sermon series that will take us through the Fall season, you will be able to consider this question perhaps more deeply than you’ve ever taken it. If so, good!!
Plato, the Greek philosopher, is credited for saying, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” We certainly live in a world that fills each of us with enough distractions to keep us from ever considering such an examination if we wish to neglect it. But a follower of Jesus does not wish it so. The great Puritan, John Owen, says to us about such examination: “Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice, and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.” So our examination begins with a question for us to establish a needed context—Who are we in light of who God has revealed Himself to be, and what are we to do about this but love and obey Him?
It was another Puritan, the great Jonathan Edwards who said, “In all your course, walk with God and follow Christ as a little, poor, helpless child, taking hold of his hand, keeping your eye on the mark of the wounds on his hands and side, whence came the blood that cleanses you from sin."
As you contemplate these words of Edwards, make them your own. Such an examination is not only there to remind you of our last study—just how poor in Spirit you really are—but to also remind you of the daily grace of God. Do not fear the weaknesses you discover; fear not discovering them at all. May our repentance be more genuine than ever through such an examination of our lives, and may our affection for Jesus be raised until He is higher than all.