Summary: This focuses more on the Confirmation aspect of this Sunday than the Trinity aspect. The basic thrust is how much better it is for these confirmands to follow the Triune God than the devil.
Confirmation – Trinity Sunday
Did you know that there were confirmation classes in the Bible? Of course, they didn’t look exactly like ours. They didn’t have a blue book filled with a lot of “What Does This Mean’s” and “This Is Most Certainly True’s.” But even in the early New Testament times, there were catechism classes as the apostles traveled around and started churches filled with immature Christians. Back then, just as now, there were students of the Bible, and teachers who helped them grow in their knowledge. One of St. Paul’s confirmation classes was a church in a city called Corinth. This wasn’t the type of city where you would go for a family vacation. Corinth was a place with a lot of sin and a lot of temptation, so as you might imagine Paul was pulling out his hair as he tried to teach this class the truths about God. So if you ever thought you were a bad class for me during the times when you didn’t know your memory work very well (or at all), or came to class “forgetting” to bring your worksheet along with you, I just want you to know: you were a piece of cake compared to Paul’s Confirmation class in Corinth! Just read through 1st Corinthians sometime and look at the fits that this confirmation class gave Paul. But it ended well with this challenging group of students. They listened to their teacher bring the Word of God to them, and they grew. Our text is the last written words that we have from the teacher to his class. And as we look at these words today, on your Confirmation, which also happens to be Trinity Sunday, I hope to use these thoughts to encourage you to Entrust Your Time on Earth to the Triune God.
Entrust your time to the Trinity by aiming for perfection in your life. Look at the first words of our text, “Finally, brothers, good-bye. Aim for perfection.” In our classes over the past few years, we have learned that there are two powers in this world: the great, healing and forgiving power of the Triune God, and the destructive, vicious power of the devil. But because we cannot see these powers with our eyes, sometimes we forget that they are there. But they are there. In a few moments, you will make a promise to the Triune God in front of this congregation that you will abandon the devil and all his tricks. And Satan, he has a lot of tricks, but one thing he is going to whisper to you over and over throughout your life: take the easy way out! “Don’t be perfect, you’re never going to get there anyway! Just try to be pretty good. Take the easy way out.” That’s what he whispered to Adam and Eve “You want to know what good AND evil is like? Take the easy way out…just take a bite of this fruit and you’ll have it! (and don’t worry too much about how God said not to).” That’s what he whispered to Jesus as he was tempted in the desert, saying, “you don’t want to go through all that suffering and humiliation! Take the easy way out and just bow down to me, and I’ll give you the earth!” He said to these people, “God’s way is too hard! My way is a lot more easy and fun! Take the easy way out.”