May 18, 2008pm  Perfect Aim   II Corinthians 13:5-13
Trinity Sunday

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Aim for perfection.  In his final words to the Corinthians Paul says to aim for perfection.  God helping us strive to be all you can be with the Lord.  Seek to be all you can be with the Lord.  How are we doing? 
            In most cases your aim has immediate results.  You hit what your aiming for.  What are you aiming for?  I have been hunting with my Dad since I was old enough to carry a gun.  He used to be the one who would try to get me a shot at a deer, but now the role has reversed.  Just a few years ago I would was able to help my Dad get several shots at deer and gobblers, but to no avail.  He missed.  Once a deer ran down the road he was standing on and he still missed it.  We knew something was wrong.  He had cataracts on both his eyes.  He went to the doctor and had them removed.  What a difference he could see again.  This past year he was able to kill a 11 point buck.  What was the difference?  He could see again and he hit the mark. 
Paul told the Corinthians to aim for perfection.  That perfection can be seen in our God.  He is the Triune God.  He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The three in One.  This is true perfection.  Today we will honor and recognize three graduates.  I have had the privilege to baptize each of these ladies in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This is our perfect aim.  Aim for God.  How are you doing? 
 I Corinthians 13        5 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? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see that we have stood the test but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. 11 Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints send their greetings. 14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
How do you know how you are doing? 

Examine yourselves.  Paul said to examine me.  What are you aiming for?

So What?  Now that we have examined ourselves what should we do?

 

 

 

 

What about you?  Will you examine yourself?  Will you go to the doctor of the soul?  Let Him work on you by following his design for your life. 

 

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (2 Co 13:1-10). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.