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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Testing It First

"Examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ is in you?" 2 Cor. 13:5).

I don't like food shopping very much, as Jane will attest. For one thing, it takes me SO LONG! I constantly have to look things over. I am especially picky in the fruit section. I am not beyond squeezing, thumping, feeling and in the case of buying grapes, please don't tell anyone, but I have been known to do the taste test. I like to taste that imported Swiss cheese in the deli section too. After all, how do you know if its the good stuff? To the Corinthian church the apostle Paul wrote today's words about being "picky." In this case however, he was telling them to be picky about themselves. He does not want them to "fail the test" (V 5).

In the fruit section, many of the above mentioned methods do not insure that the fruit we pick out will be the best. I'm not even sure why I always "thump the melons" as I really don't know what to listen for anyway. Paul is much more succinct with these people and with us, and it is starkly simple. As Paul was often called upon the prove his apostleship, he said; "And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test...Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong" (Vs 6 & 7). Just as he passed the test of apostleship, he wants us to pass the test of Christianity. We are the only ones that can look deeply within ourselves and know if we are in Him. Paul gives us the test. "For we can not do anything against the truth, but only for the truth" (V 8)

It is for us to do the squeezing, thumping and even tasting to see that we are in the truth of the Lord. We must one day pass the "final exam," and we can only do it if we constantly examine ourselves to stay close to the Lord. Much of what God is looking for is unseen by the outside world. Our motives, attitudes, feelings and thoughts are only known by us and we should carefully consider these unseen qualities of life. These unseen qualities should spur us on toward words and deeds that are seen by the world. Those things we say and do demonstrate to others that we know, understand and apply how God wants us to live our lives.

When all is said and done, a good melon is like a good Christian....It is good both inside and out...

Have a wonderful day...Let His light shine forth from you... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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