Megan came home from school recently with a paper that showed she had failed a test. It turns out that she found her paper on the “No Name” board. Without a name on her paper, the teacher had no idea whose it was, therefore she got an ‘F’. It didn’t matter how many of the questions she got right, she missed a vital, necessary part of the test, identifying who it belongs to.
Likewise, you are a test, an open-book test at that. While one of the questions might be “Who you are?” the answer to that question is irrelevant unless you first establish “Whose are you?” Like the answers on Megan’s test, all the right answers or even all the good deeds in the world will not get you a passing grade if you don’t give credit where credit is due. So, whose are you; who do you belong to? Is your identity found in Christ? If not, you will surely fail.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. ~2 Corinthians 13:5-6
Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” ~2 Timothy 2:19a
Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. ~Psalm 119:94
. . . that by believing you may have life in His name. ~John 20:31b