The Importance of Self-Examination
"Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless you fail the test." 2 Corinthians 13:5
I think all of us reading this can agree that the late 80’s was definitely a trying time fashion wise. I remember as a child, I owned this oversized, neon t-shirt that stated boldly, “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?” I’m pretty sure that shirt was referring to my awesome basketball skills (which was more talk), but thinking about that shirt today, there is truth to that statement...are we taking the time to examine our faith?
The Christian walk can be easy to talk but can be a difficult walk. Sometimes we look at the fact that we are saved, and we become satisfied. We become so satisfied in our assurance of salvation that we abuse grace, and we become numb to our own sin. This is where it is crucial, sisters, that we take the times to examine ourselves to see if we really are in the faith. If you are banking your salvation on the fact that you raised your hand at a youth for Christ rally 20 years ago, but your life never changed, it may be time to reexamine your faith.
I’m not asking we question our salvation. Hear my heart here - I’m asking that we examine it. John McArthur says of salvation: “One's assurance of salvation does not need to be based on a past decision or an experience. It should rest first on one's faith in the objective truth of God's Word, Jesus Christ, and the gospel. Secondly, it should rest on the reality of a changed life marked by obedience, a love for Christ and His righteousness, and a hatred for sin.”
How do we, then, examine these things? It’s simple. We need to ask ourselves a few questions. Are we trusting in Christ? Are we living in obedience to God? Are we growing in holiness? Are we producing fruit? Are we loving others? Are we a living in such a way as to be a good influence? Are we submissive to Scripture? These are just a few questions we may want to take the time to evaluate. When we came to Christ, was there a renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)?
Examination is critical to our spiritual walk. When we take the time to pray, we ask the Holy Spirit to help us in these things, and we continue to grow in the process of sanctification. Let’s all take some time to examine ourselves this week.
Father, I thank You that in Your goodness, You are always near and waiting to love us. Help me to examine my life, my faith, my trust, my obedience, and my love for You and hatred for sin. Convict me of sin in my life I have grown callous to, and help me to love others as You love me. Amen.
Take some time this week to examine the things listed above. Spend time in prayer, and ask God to continue to help you in areas you may be struggling with.