2011-07-04 - The Big Blue A
I dont know about you, but before I eat at a restaurant, I want to know their health rating. I know its not a guarantee, but it can be an indication of cleanliness, healthiness etc. In some restaurants, the ratings are prominently displayed, while at others, its like finding a needle in the proverbial haystack. On a recent trip to South Carolina, Richard and I were delighted to find that in that state, restaurants are required to post their grades boldly by the door. So you can just drive by and decide whether you want to eat there. We easily fell into the habit of looking for those beautiful big blue As posted on the doorways.
I was wondering how wed feel, if God graded us spiritually, and posted our grade on our doorway or car, for all to see. Though of course, our salvation isnt based on works, our lifestyle and habits prayer, Bible study, active participation in a local church, using our gifts to help others etc. do indicate the condition of our hearts, and the state of our relationship with our Lord.
God does want to search our hearts, and to help us repent and get back on track, when it's needed.
Psalm 139:23-24 (The Message)
Fortunately He doesnt announce our hearts condition to the world. But wherever we are literally or otherwise we need to regularly ask God to examine our hearts and help us stay or get back on target spiritually. Let's pray for God to help us live our lives in a way that would would earn a "Big Blue A."