Paul finishes his letter to this Corinthian church by simply challenging them to look at their own lives. So often, we try to “do Christianity”. We go to the Lord’s house; we say the right things, and we even follow the right steps and procedures of life. We check all the boxes.
Paul tells this church and us that it is still not about the boxes. Each person must examine their hearts. Paul reminds these people for the last time that they are to live as ambassadors. They have to emulate the Lord in their daily lives. Generosity, inclusion, humility and faith need to be the adjectives that are listed in one’s profile. People do watch our lives and walks. They see through our thin facades and can spot our spirit from a mile off.
Like the Corinthians, we need to play to an audience of one. We need to recognize that our thoughts and actions need to please God and God alone. We do not have to be someone that we are not. We do not need to build a spiritual resume that LinkedIn would post as a spiritual template.
We simply need to walk the path on which the Lord is leading us. We walk focused upon the Father and upon the needs of others; then He will then lead us to a magnificent, full, and meaningful journey. This season, we must focus on being the person God has called us to be and abandon the need to do the “Christian things” in order to win God’s favor or to impress others.
God Bless You
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? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak, but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come, I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.