On Sunday, Pastor Wesco of Fellowship Baptist Church, preached a wonderful sermon and touched on the subject of self-examination. My question to you is this:
When is the last time you laid upon your bed say maybe for a good hour and just went over the days events being very honest to yourself?
This means drowning out everything, those voices that distract---media, friends, internet (yes, I am talking to my fellow bloggers) and just laying on your bed in the quiet of the night and examining yourself and your actions for the day in light of God's Word. Not in the light of making excuses for why you reacted unbiblically, not thinking about what your friends would do, not thinking about what so-so would say on her blog but instead just what does the Lord want from me and how can I achieve this tomorrow?
Pastor Wesco also touched on knowing yourself. Do you know your weaknesses? The sin you tend to gravitate toward to in the course of the day (laziness, critical-spirit, over-eating, gossip, idolatry). Then, armed with that information we must attack it! We cannot sit idly by and coast through our Christian lives without addressing these and changing our lives for the Lord.
As we think back to great Christian men in history, those who were scourged, beheaded, tortured for defending the Truth---and here we are in the 21st century barely able to salt to the world because we cannot move past our petty sins.
I am so convicted, myself, I have a great need for self-examination. Perhaps I was too hasty in conversation, or harsh in responses. Is my spirit gentle and quiet or am I becoming loud? Have I acted out in pride--maybe in speech, tone of voice or facial expressions?
These things can be overlooked without time to reflect. Too many things can happen throughout the course of a day that we would dismiss if not making time to ponder over and reevaluate ourselves.
We will only get worse if we do not stop and put a halt to all our sinful behavior. We cannot fellowship wholeheartedly and walk rightly with our Lord because we are out of step with Him and we are neglecting of repenting of our sin.
Let's carve out some time each night to examine ourselves before the Lord and renew a right spirit before Him so we can enjoy fully and experience the love, mercy and grace of our Father and Lord.
"Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord." Lamentations 3:40