In Review?

My friend, may I ask you a question? You and I are sinners. We hope for the best. Yet, when our spiritual review is done, are the results more serious than we could have known?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Not long ago I developed a bleeding disorder. So, I decided to go and see my doctor for the problem. There’s something about wayward blood that triggers concern in a doctor right away. In just a matter of days I found myself in a specialist’s office where tests were done. Medical tests often remind me of the multiple choice tests that I took in school. You finish and think to yourself in a hopeful way–“Well, I think I did Ok?” Nevertheless, you really aren’t sure and there’s a great degree of positive thinking involved. After a few days the test results were revealed and my hopeful mindset was dealt a brutal blow–I had cancer. In review of the test results, the specialist, while maintaining a positive demeanor, delivered those fateful words with a sense of calm urgency. The biopsy report was clearly not news to him as it was to me.

You and I are sinners. That is alarming. Taking stock of our sinful symptoms, we take our sinful lives to a specialist for tests and review: Jesus Christ, the One who atones for our sins and makes us whole in the sight of God. We hope for the best since we know he will atone for what we lack. Yet, when our spiritual review is done, are the results more serious than we could have known?

Here's a thought from Oswald Chambers. “The Holy Spirit applies the Atonement to us in the unconscious realm as well as the realm of which we are conscious, and it is only when we get a grasp of the unrivaled power of the Spirit in us that we understand the meaning of 1 John 1:7, ‘the blood of Jesus Christ cleanest us from all sin.’This does not refer to conscious sin only, but to the tremendously profound understanding of sin which only the Holy Spirit in me realizes.” (My Utmost for His Highest, December 26.)

Our conscience reveals sin to us just as my mind revealed disease to me. I knew that something dangerous was ongoing in my body, that something serious was developing and I needed medical help to deal with it. So is the nature of the conscience. It tells us about the sin in our lives, daily poking at us with reminders of “That wasn’t nice?” or “You should’ve done that differently?” Those reminders help us to establish the parameters of how to live the godly life. Nevertheless, within these parameters are the mysterious areas of commission and omission, so gray that we are sometimes unable to differentiate light from dark. If we determine to live our lives in the understanding that there is something more efficient and thorough than conscience only, a test that we can hope for the best but must trust only the Spirit of God in defining, then we are living in the light of God himself. This is where true Christian purpose is determined, not simply in the realm of our conscience. In review, the blood of Christ is far more powerful than we think.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Savior we celebrate this Christmas. Forgive us when we forget to truly consider the nature of what Christmas means: the atonement for ALL our sins through Jesus Christ. May we lead lives of conscience within the light of your Spirit which guides us to know this truth. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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