I heard a comedian recently ask a great and funny question: "Why aren't there any mirrors in the self-checkout?" (Michael Jr.)
Think about it...he said it in his 'Random Thoughts' performance to be funny (and he Is--check him out online).
But the Word of God says that we should perform 'self-checkouts' as well. Not so that we can make sure we look 'just right' or that our hair isn't messed up, but so that we can check ourselves out based on God's Word.
Continuing to work through Romans, we read these familiar words:
"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." (Romans 12:3-6)
We should 'check ourselves out' with "sober judgement", according to our faith.
That means that we have to take an honest look at ourselves, from God's perspective.
That calls for honesty, integrity, and courage...the courage to admit our faults, to admit our compromises, to admit our failures.
It also means that we acknowledge that God has been active within us, and He has given us gifts and talents to be used for His glory.
We are a part of His 'Body'...but if we're ever going to live up to what He wants for us and from us, we need to be willing to evaluate ourselves from His Word's perspective.
Are we becoming more like Christ?
Are we showing love more, and grace?
Are we willing to live with eternity in mind, and to pay whatever temporary costs there are?
Are we willingly being "transformed" by the renewing of our minds into the person He wants us to be?
Are we resisting His work within us?
Are we defining ourselves more by this world's standards than by His?
Are we adopting here-and-now values and goals, which won't last?
We need to view ourselves honestly...with "sober judgment".
Here's the great news:
If you're a believer in Jesus Christ, if you've acknowledged Him as Savior and Lord in your life, then your 'New Beginning' is one honest evaluation and one repentant prayer away!
There is always a new beginning waiting for you--as you take an honest look at yourself, spiritually, and commit yourself to following Him anew.
BABY DEDICATION and BAPTISM:
That's what a lot of KCCers will be doing this Sunday, as they dedicate themselves (as parents) and their children to the Lord, and as others move forward in baptism.
They've said, in essence, 'I've taken an honest look at myself--with "sober judgement" and I realize that I've been holding out on God, and I want to move forward with Him. I want the future to be more according to His Word than the past was. I want to follow Him completely."
This will be a GREAT day, and could very well be life-changing for these KCCers, as they follow through consistently.
What about you?
Have you followed Jesus' command to be baptized, after you've declared your faith in Jesus?
Have you taken stock of where you're at in your faith--with "Sober Judgement"?
Remember, there's always a new beginning awaiting--as we respond to His leading.
It starts with an honest 'self-checkout'.
Are you willing?