Self-examination

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Prompted by troublemakers, the Corinthian Christians put Paul’s appointment by God under the microscope. In response, Paul challenged them to look beyond him and at themselves as well. “Test yourselves to see whether you are in the faith.”

Undoubtedly, not everyone was enthused with this challenge. Probing someone else is easy sport, but examining one’s self requires courageous discipline. Seeing the speck in another’s soul seems easy and obvious, but seeing the major flaw in one’s own heart requires determination. Therefore, the Apostle wisely calls believers everywhere to examine themselves deeply in order to see who is sitting on the throne of their hearts. Test the metal of your faith, he says.

Paul is reminding the church that bearing the name of Christ involves responsibility. Following Jesus is much more than settling into a comfortable religious routine or relaxing in the ease of lukewarm faith. It is more than joining in the motions of church functions. It is being alive in Christ and being sincerely devoted to him.

PRAYER

Gracious Father, give us courage to examine ourselves. May whatever we see drive us more firmly into your loving arms. In Jesus’ name. Amen.