Cross Examination

2 Corinthians 13:5 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?

It’s hard to imagine how many people “feel good”, but go to get their annual physical exam, only to find out that something major is wrong with their health. We assume that if there’s no pain, there’s nothing wrong. That’s an assumption we must not make.

What about our spiritual health? In the day-to-day routine of life, things can happen so gradually that we don’t notice them. People can find themselves far-from-God, only to ask, “How did I get here?” The answer is “gradually”.

So the scripture above urges us to examine ourselves to see if we’re still where God wants us to be. Sometimes we may find we have not regressed, but neither have we progressed in this “process” of growth and sanctification. There are “signs” in our lives that can help to indicate and can be used to “measure” our position with God.

We’ll start, in this message, by looking at the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-23), to examine our works and fruit and know whether we are passing or failing that test. Beginning the New Year is a great time to examine ourselves.