Sometimes in life we have to stop and take a moment of reflection. It’s important for us to assess where we are. How are we doing? The question is sometimes asked, how is it with your soul? How are things?
Sometimes we can get really comfortable in our lives, in our faith. And think that everything is just fine. We can just start coasting. Sure, I love Jesus, Jesus loves me. It’s all good. No worries. Everything is perfect.
Am I as faithful as I should be? No, but it’s ok, Jesus loves me.
Are there areas of my life that, if I have to be honest about, that I’ve gotten lazy in and am just coasting? Sure, but it’s ok, Jesus loves me.
Yes, He does love us. Make no mistake about it. But, because He does love us, there’s so much more He wants us to become. As a loving parent longs to see their child grow and do great things, so does God long for us to the same. Listen to what Paul writes today in 2 Corinthians 13:5-8:
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.
Test yourself today.
Know that God loves you, no matter what. You are loved, you are vital to Him, you are special. But, because He loves you, He really wants you to do great things. He knows what you are capable of. He knows your potential. He knows what He can do through you and in you.
He loves you. And He wants to see you grow into the amazing child of God that He has created you to be.
So, today, here’s some helpful questions for self examination that John Wesley gave to his early followers. I took a moment to ask myself these questions today, and I didn’t always like what I saw. But, through God’s grace, I know that He’s not done with me, and today, through God’s grace, I am going to be more faithful than I was yesterday.
Don’t coast. Be faithful. And in being faithful, you will find life.
1. What known sins have you committed since our last meeting?
2. What temptations have you met with?
3. How were you delivered?
4. What have you thought, said, or done, of which you doubt whether it be sin or not?
5. Have you nothing you desire to keep secret?
And here’s the great thing about asking this questions. You now what we find at the end of the question? Grace. Mercy. Love. Peace. You find forgiveness. When we ask ourselves these questions, we find the grace of God, waiting there for us the entire time. You are loved more than you’ll ever know. Today, live in that grace!
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