Good evening Church, 

 I hope you are doing well this beautiful sunny day.

The last couple of weeks, Dave has been taking us through 1 John.  He has talked about the importance of testing ourselves when it comes to our walk with God.  We are called to be a people who not only talk the talk but walk the walk.  Examining and testing ourselves is not something we are naturally prone to do.  In fact, we often avoid testing at all costs.  It is like going to the dentist or the doctor.  It is often a last resort.  We just cross our fingers and hope everything is okay.  And yet like going to the doctor or dentist this spiritual testing is very important and is life saving. 

If you went on an airplane and only found out after the flight took off that the plane had no landing gear and had never been tested, it would be too late.  You would want to know that the plane had all it needed and had been tested before you got on.  Likewise, it is crucial that we take time to look into God’s word and test ourselves so that we may be ready when our Lord returns.  His Word is like a mirror which shows us areas in which we need to grow and exposes things in our life which he is calling us to change.  It may be hard and painful sometimes, but it’s God’s grace to us so that we won’t be those who on the final day call Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” and yet are told, “depart from me, I never knew you.” (Matt 7:22).  Instead, we will be those who would run with endurance the race marked out for us looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
(Heb 11:1b-2a).

We want to be a people who bear fruit in his Kingdom. This is not just about escaping judgment, but it is about bearing fruit in our personal lives, in our families and in our church.  God’s desire for each one of us is that we would bear fruit and walk in his blessing.  Jesus says, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8). The Gospel is supposed to work out in our daily lives and change the way we act and how we think.  I have written a series of questions which are drawn from the points Dave made. Take some time and ask yourself if this is what I am doing in my daily life.  Am I seeking to really live out my faith in these tangible ways?

  • Am I walking in the light?
  • Am I confessing sin and turning from loving the things of this world?
  • Am I living a life of obedience to Christ and his commands?
  • Am I becoming more and more Like Jesus?
  • Am I loving my brothers and sisters in Christ?
  • Am I being involved in the body of Christ to build it up?
  • Am I confessing Jesus Christ as the Lord of my Life?

Would we be a people who are transformed by the gospel and who bear much fruit for his kingdom!

In Christ

Taylor Ewert
Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church