It’s a Test

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 [e]fail the test?


We are involved with many types of test every day of our lives such as at the doctor, at work, and school. Sometimes we even test the limits to see how far we can go on a tank of gas. Every month the Federal Communication Commission test the Emergency Alert System so that when a real threat arrives then they know that the public will be warned. Actually, we all are guinea pigs as we live out our lives every day. Take your car for instance. If a certain number of cars begin to have problems then they will execute a recall in order to correct the difficulty. Paul is telling the church at Corinth to examine themselves or put themselves to the test in order to see if they were really walking with Jesus. This is nothing new because Paul already used this type of language in 1 Corinthians 11: 28 {“But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”} when he was speaking about taking communion. The church used to do a better job at asking this question. The church elders used to ask a new church member to exclaim their salvation experience and the change in their life. I wonder if my life or yours would pass the test of being a Christian. If a jury were looking at my life then would I be convicted of being a Christian? Paul is telling us to examine ourselves to see if we walk with Jesus. How is my attitude? How are my actions? Do I go places that are questionable? Do the things that I say reflect Jesus? What kind of person am I when I think that no one is watching? Am I a worshiper? How is my prayer life? Do I read and meditate on God’s Word? Do I exclaim God’s love to those I come into contact? The questions are numerous and we should question our lives to see if we really are in the faith. I think that the key is not to measure ourselves against one another but against God’s Word. It may shock some that some lives do not really reflect Jesus at all but the world. I think that it is healthy and we must “Test ourselves” to see if we are really walking with Christ. Are you walking with Jesus with some evidence?


His servant,

Marcus Riggs


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