What is Your Spiritual Condition?
Spiritual condition, in this article, is essentially a reference to one being saved or not. The blessed plan of God is for those who are saved.
In our text (see I Cor. 2:6-10), Paul says that God has kept secret from human authorities and popular wisdom some plans that are only for those who belong to God. Thus, we have the inspiration for the title of this series of devotionals, “God Has a Plan.”
When we look at so much going on in our world, we are tempted to wonder, "Is God still around"? The stock market and economy are all over the place.
People are dying so unexpectantly. And relationships that we thought were so trust worthy are proving that they are not as worthy of trust as we supposed.
But yet I declare to all who read these words that God has a plan. I want to suggest in this series of devotionals that “We should be mindful of God’s plan and our spiritual condition.”
In this devotional, let's focus on your spiritual condition. In our text, there are two types of people. Verse 9 mentions those who love “Him.” That is "the people of God." And verses 6 and 8 mentions those who only have the wisdom of this age. That is "godless people."
God’s plan of life and that more abundantly is for those whose spiritual condition is that of being "the people of God."
We ought to check our spiritual condition. This is an inquiry about have we accepted Christ as our savior by faith.
No matter how much we have given up the bad and pursed that which is good, we are still falling short of the perfection called on by God. Make sure you have accepted Jesus as your savior by faith (see Jn. 3:16).
And then notice that the blessings of verse 9 are for those who love the Lord. John 14:15 teaches that the evidence of loving the Lord is obeying the Lord.
Too many of us rob God of His tithes and offerings and too few of us worship God with enthusiasm for us to think that God’s plans have our names on them.
Too many of us neglect our economic stewardship and do unnecessary harm to our bodies to claim the plans of God for ourselves.
Too many of us don’t even invite and try to bring loved ones with us to church and Christ, not to mention give our best in service in our church and community.
I remind us that the chief commands of God are to love God, ourselves, and others (see Mk. 12:29-31). Without obedience, our love is suspect. And without love, we are not in the view of verse 9. Let us check our status and line up with God’s will for our lives.
The reason we ought to check our spiritual condition is because not only does God have plans for those with "people of God" status, but God also has plans for those with "godless" status.
I heard John say in Revelation 20:14 that death and Hades were thrown into a lake of fire. In other words, Hell is still hot.
God has plans for the godless. I heard Jesus raise the question of what profit a person to gain the whole world and forfeit one's soul, in Matthew 16:26. Life without God at the center is still vain.
It would be terrible to shout about the plans of God and find out that you are in the wrong line. If you don’t have Jesus in your life as savior and lord then so much of God’s blessed plans are not for you. Without Christ, you are in the Hell and wasted life line.
But thanks be unto God, you can change your spiritual condition today (there is some good news in the devotional – smile). You can come to Jesus just as you are. God will save your soul. God will put your name in the Lamb’s book of life. Come to Jesus, while you have the time.
Are you really saved? Explain.
Do you obey God as if you really love Him? Cite some examples.
Are you inviting and trying to bring loved ones with you to church and Christ, so they can experience God's blessed plan?
What are you going to do better in your life because of this devotional message?
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being such an awesome God. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.
I confess that I have not always behaved as one who claims to be saved. In fact, too often I have just done wrong. I pray that You would forgive me for this and my many others sins, in the name of Jesus.
Please help me to live up to the expectations of my spiritual condition. I thank You, in the name or your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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