Check Yourself

When maturing in God, there are certain things we can’t expect others to do. One of those things is checking yourself. No, not having someone else check you, although there will be accountability and once in a while, we do need objective viewpoints. We are talking about the basics — checking yourself and doing a self-assessment.

There are two checkpoints that are very simple but very important. These are non-negotiable. We have to do these two things for ourselves.

The Bible does not leave us in the dark when it comes to these things. In fact, it specifically identifies what we must check.

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!” (2 Cor. 13:5).

We have talked about humility and hidden service. Today, we are going to talk about the third thing we must do for ourselves. Examine yourself or check yourself to be sure that you are walking in the faith.

Second Corinthians 13 identifies two basic non-negotiables, resolute and unshakable checkpoints that must all be in good working condition. These two things will affect everything else.

Two Tests:

  1. Vertical Relationship
  2. Your Commitment to Truth

“Do you not recognize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5).

Two Checks of Faith:

  1. An Immovable Relationship with Christ
    Here’s the first absolute: an immovable relationship with Christ. No, not just believing about God; it goes beyond that. This is one relationship that will affect every other. It is the most important relationship and it must be kept in good working condition — healthy and genuine.You can tell what is most important to God by recognizing what the devil works hardest to attack. His greatest target is to separate you from Christ, because when he does, every other decision becomes negotiable. A firm, resolute relationship with you and Jesus must be at the center of everything. When that goes out of balance, everything else will, too.When we accept Christ, we welcome Him in and He guides us. We do it together. It’s a relationship in which every area of our lives is controlled not by us, but by Christ guiding us.

    Is Jesus enough? If everything else were taken away, would Jesus be enough? Some don’t realize that Jesus is all they need until they are sitting in prison and they have lost everything else. Or maybe they’re in a hospital. Maybe it’s when they have nothing left. We don’t realize Jesus is all we need until Jesus is all we’ve got.

    Keep your relationship with Jesus as your greatest goal in life; do not compromise. Don’t displace Jesus as your center.

  2. A Commitment to TruthThe second non-negotiable that we must be checking ourselves on is how open we are to the truth.“Now we pray to God … that you may do what is right. For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth …” (2 Cor. 13:7-8).

    One of the greatest axioms of life that help us to grow is the commitment we make to discovering new truths and deliberately turning away from falsehoods. In order to be committed to the truth, you have to see life and truth clearly.

    Listen to what Jesus said:

    “‘The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!’” (Matt. 6:22-23).

    Jesus is talking about how we see things, our perception of life or circumstances. If you want to improve an aspect of your life, you first must see it clearly.

    Those who are consistent in reading the Bible have a far better chance at seeing the truth. I have found that people who are constantly reading the Bible are the ones where truth is worked into the fabric of their souls and the truth begins to guide them and keeps them from being easily deceived. They start to see things clearly.

Before you launch into any relationship or into anything else, check yourself and make sure that you’ve got things in the bag — your relationship with God is at the middle of your life. You have a commitment to truth because when God shows you truth, you will be able to walk forward and even improve. You will have confidence to do all that you can do. Check yourself to see if you are in the faith.

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