"Where Are You?"
The first question God ever asked man was, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). God did not ask that for His information. He knew the answer. The question was intended to make Adam stop and assess where he was (he had sinned and was “hiding” from God.) “Where are you?” is a great question, one that we need to honestly and objectively answer.
Where are you as an individual? Are you in Christ and therefore saved? Are you sure (2 Corinthians 13:5)? Are you growing in knowledge and spiritual strength (2 Peter 3:8), or are you stagnant, or have you possibly regressed from what you were a few years ago? Are you active in serving others or do you mostly sit on the sidelines? Are you making any progress in dealing with temptation? Are you lending encouragement to your brethren by regularly assembling with them or do you often miss, leaving them wondering where you are (in more than one sense)?
Where are you as a family? Is Christ the center of your home? Does your treatment of one another reflect that? Do your activities demonstrate that He has first place? Are you teaching your children, both by example and by instruction, how to serve the Lord?
Where are we as a church? Are we moving forward or just drifting along? Are we a light in the community? Are we “sounding forth the word” (1 Thessalonians 1:8)? Are we united? Are we building up one another? And what am I doing to contribute to what “we” are doing?