“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?” ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5
How many of us really relish in the thought of taking a test or exam? How many of us look forward going to the doctor for a checkup? I know there are some people that probably aren’t as bothered by these notions while many of us would prefer to avoid them at all costs.
Whether it be a test we are required to score well on for a curriculum of some sort or a doctor’s visit that could yield good or bad results it all means the same thing….we either pass or in some way we fall short and possibly fail. In any case the obvious understanding is that nobody enjoys failure and certainly nobody wants to receive bad news. We all want to succeed in what we strive for and also live prosperous lives in every way possible. Whether it is academic accolades or a clean bill of health we all desire to achieve our goal or status.
So what about in our faith?
In this scripture, Paul is urging the church in Corinth to stop and examine themselves. He’s not doing this to get them to go for a doctor’s visit or get an A on their chemistry exam. He’s reminding them that if they genuinely have Christ in their hearts and are living for God and that they should take and pass that spiritual test.
I believe what he is also trying to say (and what we should all strive for) is to live in such a way that the presence of the Lord is apparent in our lives. If we’re not able to pass this test of faith then it could be a sign that instead of growing in Him we are growing away from Him. So, if we truly want to live for Christ we must periodically stop and analyze ourselves in regard to our faith. We must take the test…we must go for the check up…
~ Kenny Stahl
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