The Importance of Testing Ourselves
"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
Have you ever thought about your faith and the content of it? I find that in many conversations people are content in their salvation due to a mass prayer they said at some kind of convention, yet there is no evidence of true saving faith. I think many times we become complacent, and we almost take advantage of the grace of God without ever testing to see if our faith is genuine.
If our hope really is in Jesus Christ, we truly have a relationship with Him. How do we do this? How do we test ourselves? We have to ask ourselves several questions: Do we trust Jesus? Is our trust in Christ or in our fallen selves? Are we growing in holiness? Are our hearts grieved by sin, or are they callous to it? What is my response to sin?
We are all sinners, however, our response to our sin is a good indicator of where our faith is. Are we exhibiting the fruits of the spirit? How do we respond to our enemies? Are we obedient to Christ? Do we find ourselves fleeing temptation or giving into it more often than not? Probably the best indicator of the faith is our relationship with God. Not in a legalistic way, because our salvation is sealed, but are we growing, learning, and changing from the inside out due to prayer? Are we reading our Bibles?
Assessment for me is a necessarily daily thing. I want to grow closer and become like my creator. What about you?
Father, I thank You so much that You love me, though I am a sinner. Thank You for calling me to You, and for the gift of sanctification. Help me to consistently examine myself to see whether I am growing in the faith. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Have you taken the time to examine your faith? Are you growing in obedience, holiness, and exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit? What is your response to sin? Are you grieved or complacent?
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.