"Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!" 2 Corinthians 13:5
Each time I take a trip to the dentist, I expect a thorough examination of my teeth and gums. My last trip this past month was no different. As I sat there reclined with my mouth wide open, the dental hygienist began to clean away. As she began the scraping and the suctioning, I reflected on how well I did brushing and flossing in the preceding six months.
I recalled an instance or two when I had a late night dessert and had fallen asleep reading before I had a chance to clean my chompers. Then I started to think about how inconsistent I had been when it came to flossing my teeth. As I was now waiting to be scolded, to my surprise she commented that everything was looking great!
I generally do a good job in regards to oral hygiene, in fact I’m proud to say that I’ve never had a single cavity, but vastly more important than having to answer to your dentist, is the fact that both unbelievers and believers alike will have to answer to a God who is ever present, all-knowing, and all-powerful. The judgment for those in Christ will be one based on stewardship, as opposed to a condemning judgment.
2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
However, all those who are outside of God’s saving grace will have to answer for all the sins they have ever committed, as the blood of Christ has not covered their trespasses against an infinitely holy God.
Revelation 20:11-15 - Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
In light of the fact that we will all face judgment of some kind, it is crucial that we examine our lives to see if we are truly living for God rather than self.
1. If you have yet to surrender your life and your will to God, I encourage you to take the opportunity to do so right now by asking Him to forgive you for all your sins, as you believe that Jesus took your place on the cross.
2. As a believer, be thankful that there is no condemnation for those in Christ. Nevertheless, let us not be negligent in our introspection, making our calling and election sure as we give ourselves regular “spiritual” checkups.
Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Posted on Thu, November 13, 2014
by Sam Petitfils