My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, November 18, 2011
The ultimate test results
I don't like feeling weak, and yet in those moments do I trust in Him. It is the ultimate test, whether in my weaknesses I am in Christ!
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power
is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast
about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB)
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine
yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus
Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
(2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB)
If you are like me, you really don't look forward to taking tests.
They are one of those necessities of life and every now and then we are
faced with them. It may be that we have a test in our studies, or
maybe it's simply the driver's test -- or why is it when we're having
some lab work done we also worry about how we'll do on the test!?
Because testing is a part of our lives and it is something in which we
want to succeed.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the ultimate test. They were to
examine themselves and see whether they were actually in faith. That
meant that they needed to recognize that Christ was in them. The result
was that for Christ to dwell in them they had to be weak. They had to
stop living within their own strength, power and means, but rather,
empty themselves of their own abilities and allow Christ to live in
Is Christ in us today? That is the ultimate question. While we
may have all kinds of giftings and abilities we have to ask ourselves
whether or not we have submitted those things to the Lord. We must make
space for Christ to live in us. When Christ does live in us, we, and
others will see us differently. We will recognize and give glory to God
on high for His acts in and through us. Then, we can, together with
Paul rejoice over our weaknesses, because it is in those times that God
shines through us.
Lord, may people see Christ in me and my life today and may You be
glorified in my weaknesses. May I relinquish my weaknesses to You and
to Your control today. Amen.