On Judging Ourselves
By Lois J. Stucky
In this issue of Herald of His Coming there is sounded a clear call to Christians to be "real" with God and with man—no coverups, not a "hope so" or a "think so." How important it is, first of all, that the one who bears the name Christian be genuinely born from above. It is, in fact, essential if he expects to make heaven his eternal home (John 3:1-16). If you have not the blessed assurance that you have been born again of the Spirit of God, seek Him until you have that witness in your heart. Write us if we can be of help to you along this line.
Does your life, does my life, testify to the transforming power of God at work in us? We encourage readers to write for Herald Newsletter #17 which presents the commandments of Jesus, in order that we might examine our life in the light of Jesus’ words. Jesus said, "If any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (John 12:47-48). Surely Jesus’ words merit careful study.
Many Herald readers have been long on the Christian pathway, and to such, self-examination may seem unnecessary. Recently in our Herald of His Coming devotions we were moved as we read again of the earnestness, the sincerity, the single-mindedness of the Apostle Paul. Mighty man of God, esteemed preacher and teacher that he was, even he did not count himself as having attained. He said, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." He exhorts, "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded…" (Phil. 3:14,15). He was eager to lay hold of, to enter into the fullness of the overcoming life the Lord had provided for him. That required of him serious and sincere effort.
That involved laying aside every weight, and the sin that so easily besets us (Heb. 12:1). He was not satisfied with just avoiding the harmful, nor even with doing the good that accomplished only a little or nothing. He was after the prize, after all that which God had for him in Christ Jesus. What an example he sets for us!
The ending of one year and the beginning of another is a good time to take stock of our life in the light of God‘s Word, and to get His forgiveness for our sins and failures, and His help for victory in the new year. Might we kneel afresh at Calvary. How thankful we are for a God who forgives, and for the blood of Jesus our Savior which cleanses, and for renewed fellowship with the Holy Spirit, which restores the sweetness and warmth that may have faded from our hearts. Let’s begin the year aright!