Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
You want me to examine myself? What kind of self-examination do you want me to conduct? Those are good questions. What do you think I want you to examine? I think you want me to examine my entire life to see if what I think, say and do is consistent with who I am. Who are you? I am your child. I am your follower. Yes, you are.
Are you willing to examine your life? Yes, I certainly am willing to examine my life. How often do you think it would be good to examine your thoughts, words, and deeds? I think it would be a good plan for me to examine my life every day to see if I am living in a way that is pleasing to you. At the end of the day, I could look back over my day to evaluate my thoughts, words, and deeds. Will you do that all by yourself? I’m not sure what you are asking me. Would you like me to help you examine your life and evaluate your day? Is there a chance that you might miss something if you rely solely on yourself to examine your life and evaluate your day? Yes, I would like your help. I am sure that I have many blind spots. There are many things that I would miss without your help. I want to live my life in a way that is completely pleasing to you. I want my life to be fully consistent with loving, following and serving you. That is very good.
So, we have an appointment? An appointment? Yes, you are going to meet with me at the end each day to examine your life and evaluate your day, isn’t that right? Yes, that’s right. Good, I will be looking forward to our meeting.
I do have another question for you. Go ahead, I’m listening. Is waiting until the end of the day too long of a time to go without examining your life and evaluating your day? It may be. Why is that? I could be making some serious mistakes and taking some large missteps. It would be a shame to wait until the end of the day to examine my life and evaluate my day. It would. I might need to make some immediate course corrections. I might be thinking a thought, saying a word or doing a deed that is completely outside your will. I might be doing something that is not pleasing to you. That’s right. What do you want to suggest? I could submit my life to you for constant, ongoing examination and evaluation. Then you could help me to make course corrections at any moment at any time. That’s right. That is what I will do. That’s good. But, we will still meet at the end of every day to evaluate my life and examine my day. Yes, we will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for helping me to pass all the tests of life. I know it is your life living inside of me that is changing all my thoughts, words, and actions. Keep on changing my heart and renewing my mind as I follow and serve you. Amen
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