“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” [2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV]
If we want a strong and healthy walk with God then it’s important that we make time to examine ourselves. Paul encourages us to do this in regard to our faith.
This is not a general observation. This is more than a look in the mirror and giving yourself a once over and declaring that you are ‘looking good’. I like to think this is more like a proper MOT.
I recently went to the Dr’s with a chest infection. I had my blood pressure taken, bloods done, ECG, chest x-ray and even an abdominal scan. All of these to discover if there was more than just an infection, maybe there was an underlying problem which had caused this.
Any purposeful examination has to go beneath the surface. Like a CT Scan that takes internal images, layer upon layer upon layer, giving the clearest picture possible of what’s happening on the inside. Can we be willing to do the same in our own lives?
There are 2 basic reasons why such natural examinations are important. To discover you are in good health or to discover you are in bad health. Then the right treatment can be prescribed. A spiritual examination will do the same.
We will remain strong in faith and strong in the Lord. And Paul prescribes 5 actions which may just help us…
Rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you [2 Corinthians 13v11 ESV]
If we were to complete the right kind of self-examination today, what might we discover? What areas in our walk with God are not as healthy as they could be? What will do to improve them?