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Examining Your Love for Christ

March 1, 2015 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Love Passage: Philippians 3:1–3:11

In this sermon podcast on Philippians 3:1-11, Pastor Brent identifies two “spiritual indicators” that help you evaluate your love for Christ.

In our modern day, weather forecasters use some of the most advanced equipment. Benefitting now from satellites, computer models, high-definition radars and other equipment, meteorologists can forecast, and report on weather with much greater accuracy and detail.

However, weathermen even in the modern day still depend on a good old-fashioned barometer to assist them in weather prediction. A barometer is the classic weather tool. How does it work?

A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. If the barometer indicates a low pressure, or a lowering pressure, then stormy weather is either occurring or on the way. On the other hand if the barometer indicates higher atmospheric pressure, then clear weather is either present or moving in. The barometer tells the weather story.

As Christians, we must apply the principle of the barometer to our spiritual lives. At times, we must gaze into our own spiritual barometer, which is our heart. You and I must examine our heart to assess our spiritual condition. There are a variety of spiritual elements we could assess, but maybe the most important thing we need to evaluate is our love for Christ.

Would you say your love for Christ is growing? Is it growing hotter, colder, or just plain indifferent? Every Christian must look into the barometer of the heart to evaluate and examine his or her love for Christ. The question then becomes, “How do we do this examination?”

To examine the spiritual barometer of our heart we must lay it in front of the mirror of God’s Word. As you and I evaluate our love for Christ, there is not greater text to use for that mirror than Philippians 3:1-11. In this passage, the Apostle Paul delivers a stunning valuation of Christ in his own life. And for you and I, there is no better way to measure our love for Christ than to assess how much we value Him. If we love Him, we should value Him above all else. This was Paul’s ever-increasing perspective and love for Christ.