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Examine yourselves

 

“Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5

From time to time, it is a good idea to examine or prove ourselves to know we are in alignment with God’s will. We check ourselves, as it were, to ensure that we are walking worthy of our calling. The Scripture tells us in 2 Peter 1:10, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”

It is obvious that, because of the times in which we live, self-examination is necessary so that we correct ourselves on a regular basis to make certain we continue to bring honor to God and Christ. The Bible suggests that problems and trials, leading even to death, among the members of the church may have their sources in our unexamined conduct.

Paul advises in Galatians 6:3-4: “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” The Greek word for examine here means “to test, prove, with the expectation of approving.” It can also indicate “to discern” or “to distinguish,” suggesting proving whether a thing is worthy or not.

The Living Bible adds clarity to Galatians 6:4: “Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.” We realize it is unwise to compare ourselves with others (2 Corinthians 10:12), but there is no need to compare ourselves with anyone else if we seek God’s help in making the inner secrets of our hearts plain to us through His Spirit. Then, we can work on changing what God reveals that He is concerned about in “us” and not compare ourselves to others.

If we sincerely, with our whole hearts, ask Almighty God to make us understand the depths of our beings, He is faithful to do it. It is then our responsibility to be prepared to repent fully of what God makes plain to us. This is an easy process to describe, but often hard to follow through on. Nevertheless, it is part of a continuing process in the life of any Christian who wishes to draw closer to God; it is our work. We are required to exert effort sometimes a great deal of effort, even painful effort to assure our entrance into God’s Kingdom. Philippians 2:12 tells us, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” We cannot leave this labor undone!

 
 
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