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01/22/2010

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Taking a Look at Myself


"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ is in you?----unless, of course, you fail the test" (2 Cor. 13:5).

This is getting out late today because I just got back from the Doctor's office...Just some semi-annual blood work for cholesterol. Today's world of diagnostic medicine is truly amazing. The blood will be sent to a laboratory where they will profile my "good and bad" cholesterol. These kinds of tests and others in the world of medicine can only be done by professionals in the field. In this arena, self-diagnosis would be a guessing game. As we look at our spiritual lives, however, self-examination is a must. Today's verse tells us of the necessity of self-examination in our relationship to Christ.

James, in the first chapter on his epistle, talks about looking at our face in the mirror and remembering what we see. (1:23 & 24). As we look into our own lives in relationship to Christ, some questions must be addressed and answered. How about this one..."Is my Bible knowledge greater now than it was a year ago?" If it is not there is certainly something that we can do about it, but we are really the only ones who know. Is my interest and love for Jesus greater than it was last year? We are the only ones that can answer that question too. Is being a Christian bringing joy into my life and the lives of others?

A great artist was once asked what his greatest work was. His answer was that he had not done it yet. Do we think that there is always room for improvement in our spiritual lives? When we cease becoming better, we cease being good. Is my Christian disposition creating good around me? Am I having a positive influence on others through my Christ-like demeanor? Am I willing to be a role model for what Christians ought to be? Am I able to measure and evaluate my growth in the areas of prayer, Bible study and worship? Is my little world around me improving because I am improving?

I know that I've laid a lot on you today, but looking at ourselves without a jaundiced eye is not easy. Looking at ourselves as God looks at us, though not easy, is necessary for real spiritual growth.

Have a great day...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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