Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. Galatians 6:4-5 (NIV)
Will you do that? Will I do what? Will you test yourself? Will you examine your thoughts and words and actions as you love and follow and serve me? Is that necessary? Is that required? Am I even qualified to test myself? Your last question was your best question. Your first two questions, not so much. Have you ever heard it said that there were no dumb questions? Yes. Don’t believe it. Let’s focus on your last question. That is a very good question. The answer is no, you will not be able to adequately, and objectively, and fairly, test yourself. Sometimes, believe it or not, you may judge yourself too harshly. That will be rare, as you might have guessed. At other times, you give yourself a pass by justifying your thoughts and words and actions. The human heart is deceptive. Have you ever heard that? Yes, I have heard that. Do you know that to be true? Yes, I know that to be true. What then is my hope? How can I honestly test myself? Now, that is another very good question. What is the answer to that question? Do I know the answer? Yes, you know the answer, of that, I am quite sure. Here then is my answer. I will come to you. I will submit my heart and mind and life to you. Together, we will test my life. I will not compare myself with others. My thoughts and words and actions will not be graded on a curve. I will not be looking around to see if I am doing a little better or worse than someone else. That’s good. I am sure that you will help me to see what I need to see. I am sure that you will help me to think, and speak, and act, in ways that are pleasing to you. I am sure that you will mold and shape my life. I am sure that you will help me to make course corrections. I am sure that you will help me to do my very best as I love and follow and serve you. You will help me to have the satisfaction of a job being well done for you. You will help me to carry my load and do the work you have given to do for you. You will help me to pass the test. Of all these things I am certain. That is very good. You will have my help as you test yourself. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will test my own thoughts, words, and actions. I will not compare myself with others. I will allow you to examine my life. Help me to give my very best effort and carry my own load so I can be satisfied with a job being well done, as I follow and serve you. Amen
Key Question… Why will you never regret testing your thoughts, words, and actions as you follow and serve the Lord?
Living It Out… Test your own thoughts and words and actions as you follow and serve the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to test your thoughts and words and actions as you follow and serve Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are testing yourself as you follow and serve the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you test your thoughts and words and actions as you follow and serve the Lord.
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