The Apostle Paul was never afraid to tell it like it is. I like that. It demanded a response from those who were reading it then and from us today too.
2 Corinthians 13:5 says…
‘Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it’.
There is a danger that when we look at ourselves we do so through a filtered lense. Our own opinion of how we are doing is often based on our intentions, not our actions. This can create an unwillingness to be brutally honest, which is often what God is really looking for.
Our own questions are more likely to be simplistic in nature. Not provoking enough. We don’t want to unsettle ourselves too much. Easier questions like…
1. Am I doing okay?
2. Is my walk with God going alright?
3. Have I been to church lately?
4. How’s my giving?
5. Does everything feel okay?
Can I suggest some slightly more thought-provoking questions, ones that demand a more thought out and honest answer, ones we might not enjoy as much. So TEST YOURSELF…
1. When was the last time I heard from God?
2. When was the last time I stood in faith for something?
3. When was the last time I put my reputation on the line for my faith?
4. When was the last time I sacrificed my agenda for Gods?
5. How is my serving quotient? Is it based on what I consider convenient or based on a willingness to be inconvenienced by others?
6. Am I tithing?
7. Where am I struggling at the moment with sin?
8. If married, is my relationship with my spouse healthy? Have we prayed together? Have we spent time together? Are we talking?
9. Am I willing to deal with any unresolved issues that I am aware of?
10. Are my words encouraging, full of life and blessing or are they opinionated, negative and unnecessary?
I realise there are probably lots more questions that could be asked but I think that these are good place to start. I know for me that ‘regular check ups’ keep me from drifting. What about you? I guess for all of us – the really tough question is how honest are willing to be?