When we examine ourselves by human standards, we can find that we are being logical and practical. We may find that we look good in our own eyes and the eyes of our friends, but how are we doing in the eyes of God. Being spiritual is more than being nice, or being sincere, or thinking we are right. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we talk the talk and sound spiritual. I’m saying we measure by our walk and not just by our talk. The tone, the attitude, and the fruit coming forth from us are God’s way of measuring whether we are in the faith or not.
Matthew 26 tells us to TAKE UP OUR CROSS AND FOLLOW HIM. Part of the self-examination of whether we are where God wants us to be, whether we’re saying what God wants us to say, and whether we’re doing what God wants us to do is to examine whether we have truly laid aside “self” and taken up His cross.
As we begin a new year, it’s the perfect time for a “Cross Examination”. IN order to reach His goal and achieve His purpose, we need to know our starting point. Where do we stand in God’s eyes right now?
This series will deal with the preparation and the journey through 2018 as we seek to be His ambassadors and ministers.
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?