The Examination

Friday, July 14, 2017
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2 Corinthians 13:5 – 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? (NIV)

Now that the starter plants have been transferred to the outside garden beds, I stop amidst my morning chores to pop over and examine them. I check to see if each plant looks healthy and has enough moist soil around it. If not, then I do what is necessary to keep the little seedlings well rooted and growing as much as possible.

Likewise, as a Christian, I am called to examine myself, test myself, and see that I am healthy spiritually and growing in Christ. I do this through the Word of God, the Bible. Within its pages, I find God's truth, which outlines what one of Christ's followers should be like. Here are just a few examples:

Galatians 5:22-23a – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV)

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)

Yes, through His Word, I am able to examine myself and test to see if I am healthy and growing, for God's Word gives us clear direction. It also empowers us as we study it, for its truth is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16b-17 NIV 2011)

When I examine my little plants, struggling to grow amidst the heat and the cold, the rain and the wind, I do not condemn them when they need my helping hand. So, neither must we condemn ourselves when we examine and test ourselves against God's Word. Rather, we must be honest before God and humbly admit our weaknesses and shortcomings as His Word reveals them to us, knowing that He, our heavenly Gardener, will supply all that we need through the power of His Holy Spirit to keep us becoming healthy and mature plantings of the Lord.

How are you doing today as a seedling of Christ?

Prayer: Father God, thank You so much for Your Word and its truth which is able to examine and test us in Christ Jesus. Bless us with humble and honest hearts that we might be open within to the power of Your Holy Spirit, Who yearns to keep us healthy and growing spiritually. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good thought.

    Good food for thought, Lynne.

    Thanks, Lynne, for this reminder to keep in God’s Word. Blessings.

    Just what I need today, especially the Joshua quote.
    Thank you, Lynne!

    Good morning Lynne,
    Great devotional to start the morning and search ourselves.

    Good morning Lynne, and Blessings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
    I have been concerned for you and Atlin. Have you been affected by the horrendous fires and smoke? I hope and pray that you are safe!
    Thank You for your Devotional, and its message of faith and promise.

    Oh Lynne – what you remind us of was at work in my life with great power (in spite of my reluctance and fears!) your reflections never miss the mark with me. What a blessing you are.
    Thank you for your continuing devotion and time and work.

    Dear Lynne,
    Imagining myself as a little seedling with much growing to do, is a wonderful metaphor for helping me cope with the challenges which sometimes seem overwhelming, but are really just a part of growing stronger.
    Thanks so much for this. I have a little plot of turnips that recently emerged through the ground. As I go out to see that they have what they need to grow strong and useful, I will think of your devotional and how I can make the most of where I am planted. It reminds me of that saying, “Bloom where you are planted.”

    Hi Lynn,
    Read your devotional about the plants as well as the biblical application.

    Dear Lynne. As I read this devotion I realized that you live in British Columbia, where so many wildfires are raging. I hope and pray that God keeps you and yours safe. I pray also for rain to fall and help put out those fires.
    I very much enjoy your devotions, yours are some of my favourites.

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