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
Very few people actually like to take a test. Most are nervous about being able to pass the test, being concerned if they studied enough or actually remember everything that they did study.
Taking a test will often reveal faults, something no one really wants to see or acknowledge. No one wants to be seen as a failure or being short.
Paul tells the people to examine themselves and give themselves a test. It is to see if they are in the faith or not. The results of the test will determine if Jesus is in them or not.
Everyone that claims to be a believer and follower of Jesus wants to think that Christ is in them. It is common for people to be able to talk the talk of being a believer, without doing the actual actions. On the surface they appear to be good Christians, yet, there is a different story on the inside.
On honest exam of one’s self will reveal the true heart. Even though one may go to church and quote the bible, does not mean that he is actually following Jesus.
Many in the church do and claim these things, but also live in open sinful ways, refusing to repent. They choose to not do the things God is calling them to do. Or they do all the right things, but with the wrong heart or motive behind them.
Acting in these ways will cause one to fail the test to determine if he is in the faith or not.
Being in the faith means there will be a change from the heart inside to the actions outside of one’s self.
As you claim to believe in and follow Jesus, examine yourself. Give yourself a test to see where you really stand with God. Ask yourself if you are really obeying Jesus. Or if you really believe in what Jesus did for you.
Do not allow yourself to deceive yourself into thinking you are good with God, when you are not. Your heart and actions will reveal where you really stand with God.
Either you are believing and obeying God, or you are not. Only a test will reveal the truth. Will you pass the test?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will test yourself to know your heart; that you will fully trust in Jesus; that you will obey Jesus with the right heart; and that you will live your life for God.
Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28
It is easy for people to examine other people and see faults in others. The eyes of a person look outward, rather than inward. People are quick to judge others, instead of looking at themselves.
Doctors will often tell people to examine themselves. This is done to catch a problem while it is little and before it becomes a major problem. The more a person looks at himself, the faster he will notice things that may be wrong and be able to find a way to correct it.
Right after talking about taking the Lord’s supper, Paul tells the people to examine themselves before taking the meal.
Eating of the Lord’s supper was a thing that Jesus told the disciples to do, in order that they may remember what He had done for them.
People in churches often take the communion elements out of habit or tradition, but not really seeing what it means. They do not want to really look at themselves and examine where they are at. Personal sins are often overlooked or ignored.
Focus is usually on other people, rather than self. When people closely examine themselves, they will often find faults in themselves. It makes them look bad, which no one really wants to do. Most people want to see themselves as good, rather than face the truth.
Every believer should take time on a regular basis to closely examine himself. Examining what he is thinking, his motives, his desires, his idols, his faults, his walk with God, his growth and more.
As he finds faults, he must be willing to repent and change. This is done out of remembering what Jesus did for him, dying on the cross for his sins.
Take time out in your day to day living to really examine your heart and life. Ask yourself hard questions on how well are you really living for God, living as Jesus did in complete surrender to the Father.
Allow yourself to be brutally honest with yourself in how you compare yourself to Jesus. There is always room for improvement. Do this knowing what Jesus went through for you, so that you may have eternal life.
Do not trample on the death of Christ, but change and live for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal faults in your life; that you will compare yourself to Jesus; that God will open your eyes to your true heart and motives; and that God will give you strength to change and make the right choices.
Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; Psalm 26:2
Going through a test is something that most people do not look forward to. Usually people want to avoid a test, but take them only when they are required to do so.
The reason most people do not like being tested is that they are worried that they are not ready for the test. Often they have not really studied the material, or they have but don’t feel they remember enough of the material to pass the test correctly. This becomes even more so, when a person has a history of not doing very well on tests, having failed or barely passed most tests in the past.
Despite what people like, tests are something that are required in life. There are many areas people need to be tested in on a regular basis.
David prays to God and asks Him to test him. He wants to be tried and his heart and mind examined.
Unlike most tests made by man, God’s test is always a perfect one and can fully see into the heart and mind of a person. This is not a written, multiple choice exam that a person can get ‘lucky’ at guessing and pass. This is a test that checks the reality in a person.
While a person may be talking about loving and serving God on the outside, in his heart and mind he can be thinking evil thoughts. He can hate a person on the inside while talking about loving his neighbor. With God’s test, this can be revealed.
Every believer should be asking for a test from God to find out what he is really like, to find out if there is any sin in his life that has not been dealt with. It also allows God to reveal any impure motives or thoughts in a person.
God does not give the test to destroy you or condemn you, but to build you up. He wants to see you succeed in your walk with Him. When His test reveals something wrong in your life, He will be there to guide you in how to change and become more like Jesus.
Take time to ask God to test you today. Let Him reveal to you where you need to grow and change and where you have already grown and changed. Then allow God to change you from the inside out.
I pray today that you will hear God speaking to you; that you will allow God to test you; that you will allow God to change your heart as needed; and that God will see a heart that follows after Him.