Examine yourselves…

What confirms in our minds and hearts that we do truly desire to live for Christ, that we are truly His? How do we know where we are in our walk with the Lord, and how can we be certain that we are growing in our love for Him? How do we diagnose our spiritual health?

This past weekend, my church hosted a conference which sought to answer some of these questions. Don Whitney, author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, taught several sessions, providing some qualitative questions which allow a believer to diagnose his/her spiritual condition. These are just a few of things that God decided to teach me about my own relationship with Him during that weekend…

Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?”

John 7:37-38, “…If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ “

~ “Do you thirst after God?” The mark of a true believers in Jesus Christ is that they have an insatiable thirst for God. He who has truly surrendered his life to Christ, to server Him, honor Him, know Him, and love Him, has truly tasted and seen that the Lord is good. He has partaken of the water which gives eternal life and has become addicted to that lovely taste of the joy of the Savior. This thirst, which is exclusive to those who have been accepted the gift salvation in Jesus Christ, is always fulfilled in Him. And yet, somehow, the Christian is so satisfied with this joy of salvation that he is dissatisfied so that he presses further, always longing to know His Savior more so that his satisfaction may be more full. As Jonathan Edwards once stated, “God created man for nothing else but happiness. He created him only that he might communicate happiness to him. And therefore the happiness that God designed him for must be exceeding great.” Indeed, and only the one who truly has a relationship with God can experience such exceedingly great happiness because he finds his joy and satisfaction in God Himself.

Romans 8:23, “And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. “

Philippians 1:23, “But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better..”

~ “Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?” For every believer, there is the Holy Spirit living inside who instills a fervent and burning desire for eternity in light and in worship of God.  Should we not long for the day when we will lay prostrate before the almighty, infinite Creator of the universe, the great God and Father of all who reigns forever, when we will stand in His holy presence clothed in righteousness and the precious blood of the Lamb, singing and worshiping Him forever? When we have been granted an inheritance of this kind through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, when an ocean of love and grace has so blessedly poured over us from the cross of Christ, when our spiritual eyes have been opened to understand the incredible sacrifice that was necessary to redeem us from our sin…….. should we not desire to see such a wonderful Savior face to face? “All growing Christians are also groaning Christians.” True sons and daughters groan because of this sinful existence, longing to be rescued from the temporal and swept into the eternal light and holiness of the kingdom of their Father.

In light of these things, we must examine ourselves. We must all ask ourselves, do I thirst after God with an insatiable desire to be filled and satisfied in God alone? And, do we yearn and groan for the day when we will be made righteous in heaven and when we will see our Savior face to face for all eternity? This is my challenge:

2 Corinthians 13:5, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?”

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One Response to “Examine yourselves…”
  1. ashley says:

    Isn’t this the truth. We all need to take a step back and make sure we are thinking and going in ways that are pleasing to God.

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