What Do You Wish To Leave In 2009?
December 27, 2009
INTRODUCTION: How could one possibly not be challenged by Paul’s personal spiritual evaluation. We offer “gift” inventories and evaluations on our website, but Paul desired a “life” inventory/evaluation. Don’t forget that Paul had been a moving force for Christianity in his day, yet, he still sensed a need to take a deeper, closer look at his growth.
QUESTION: How long has it been since you sat down in a quiet, private place with an open Bible and an open heart and asked the Lord how you are doing spiritually? Have you taken an inventory of your growth into Christ-likeness?
Note some of the words of Paul’s spiritual evaluation in v.12-14:
“not that I have already attained”
QUESTION: If he isn’t there, who is?
LLBC, Kenny Carroll responding to invitation would put one under serious consideration.
“or am already perfected” - mature/complete (still found need for further development)
It’s been said that the Bible mentions what matters
Ephesians 4:17-24, “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
QUESTION: Where did that come from? What was he saying? Who is he talking to? Hello?
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