Chapter-a-Day 2 Corinthians 13

CheckupTest yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. 2 Corinthians 13:5-7 (TM)

A woman was mad at her husband. "You never say ‘I love you,’" she complained.

"Look," responded the husband, "I told you ‘I love you’ on the day I married you. If it changes, I’ll let you know."

That kind of logic would not go over well with my wife, and it shouldn’t. Marriage is a relationship, not an event. A healthy relationship requires constant check ups and routine maintenance. It’s true of marriage, and it’s true of my relationship with God, too.

I’ve talked to many people for whom faith is centered on an event. I was baptized as a baby, so I must be okay with God. I was confirmed when I was 13 by my local church, so I must be okay with God. I’m a member of my church, so I must be okay with God. I prayed a prayer when I was a kid, so I must be okay with God.

In other words, "Hey God, I said ‘I believe’ the day I joined the church. If it changes, I’ll let you know."

I don’t think God appreciates that logic any better than the wife in my initial anecdote. If I am to have a healthy relationship with God, then I need to check in. I must be an active participant. I should constantly be asking myself what I can and must do to improve the relationship.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and law keven.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day 2 Corinthians 13”

  1. 11-13And that’s about it, friends. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure.
    I just had a conversation with a co-worker an hour ago who was pretty down in the dumps about his job and sales results. He asked me what I was doing that may be different from him. The only thing I could share is that I have really stepped back to be positive and cheerful when doing my job. He agreed that many times we get so bummed out by the many, many things we CAN’T control in our jobs and forget to focus on what we can…..our attitude. It’s amazing to me how our customers see a reflection of our spirit in our attitude. If we are down, they respond to that and sales numbers fall. The reverse is also true. So always smile and let God’s love come out!

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