Final Destination

Jeremiah 14-16, Psalm 76, 2 Corinthians 13

When was the last time you were on an airplane?  Were you afraid?  Of course not.  That is probably because the risk is so very low.  In fact, the International Air Transport Association documents just one accident for every 2.1 million flights.  That’s a great record!  It does not come by accident.  That jumbo jet that took you safely to the beach was subject to very careful examination.  The most basic happens every 500 flight hours.  Then, it gets a little more detailed every 18 months, and finally, every 4-5 years, experts examine every fastener, nut, wire, hinge, and component.  Each of these parts must be tested to ensure its quality, durability, and ability to perform the operation it was designed for.

Obviously, Paul knew nothing about inspecting airplanes.  He did, however, know a think or two about our hearts.  These need examination, too, he says.  “Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5).  What exactly are we examining?  Everything.  That includes our actions and behaviors, thoughts, mindsets, relationships, possessions, desires, and our health.  Examination is not enough though.  We must also test.  Inevitably, we will find things that do not fit with our faith.  These need to be repaired, maintained, or fully replaced.  Many things, we hope, will pass the test.  These are the ones that provide proof, first-hand evidence, that Jesus is in you.

Sure, testing and examination is tough, scary work.  But it is worth it.  Done right, we will safely arrive at our final destination.  We might even enjoy the ride.