Pastor Warren Stanton
“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.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
As Christians, we know that we are in the faith. It follows that we must also be in the truth. Truth is God’s Word and we must study it. It has been said, “We cannot do anything against the truth, but we must do everything for the truth.”
Our manual, as Christians, for life is the Bible. One will not “fail the test” if he studies the content of the Bible and maintains a relationship with it’s author, who will guide us throughout life.
We may make many physical changes in life, but the most important change is to grow in the manner God wants us to do. As I was pondering on the concept of change, my mind went to the concept of balding (Perhaps it was due to the mirror on the door across from my desk.)
I was the Master-of-Ceremonies at an Engineering Conference. I started the meeting by stating: “I am so depressed today.” The reply” “How depressed are you?” I am truly depressed, because the last hair on top of my head was lying on my pillow when I got up this morning. I told them that I would now have to say “I am bald.”
Baldness is no big deal. My mom always told me that “brains and hair doesn’t go together.” It was an encouragement to me. However, some might want to differ with her assessment.
Going bald can be a rapid process. However, spiritual decline of a Christian may also occur rather rapidly. We must not get away from God and go into our brain and welcome divine chastening to get back in His grace.
One must examine himself/herself daily. Ask: “Am I going bald spiritually?” You find the solution to your problem at a glance, if you look into the mirror of God’s Word. Accept what God gives you. I may be like an old car tire that is bald and over inflated, but it is evident that I am on the level, because the bubble is in the middle. Regardless of our spiritual status, we must be on the level for God.