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Status Report

August 4, 2015

I was recently watching an episode of VeggieTales with my 9-year-old son, and they were lampooning a classic sci-fi show. As Bob the Tomato—the Captain—walked onto the bridge of the starship, he squeakily commanded, “Status report!”

Well, 2015 is mostly behind us, so I might ask you the same question (although not in as squeaky a tone): “Status report!” As this year has progressed, how has your relationship with Jesus been? How about your relationships with others—Christians and non-Christians alike?

Has there been a positive change in your life since January 1, 2015, when you made God all those promises? If the answer is “yes,” that’s great! But there’s always room for improvement. Paul, encouraging other Christians, wrote: “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9, 10, NIV).*

If your spiritual growth hasn’t been what it should have been, take heart; the same guy, Paul, wrote these encouraging words to you as well:  “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:10-14, NIV).

Jesus has promised us that He will never leave us alone (Matthew 28:20) and that He will give us the power to become more and more like Him (Philippians 4:13). Until, when God asks us for that final “status report!” we, like Paul, can say with confidence, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7, 8, NIV).

With that response, Jesus, our Cosmic Captain, will say those words that every member of His crew longs to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21, NIV).

* Scripture quotations marked NIV are from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


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