|Getting a physical
exam is very much like a trip to a medieval torture chamber. First they
starve you, then they jab you, then they punch you in the kidneys, hit
you with a hammer, poke you till they draw blood, then send you a bill
for the trouble.
In spite of the discomfort, it is good every so often to have an examination. And in a spiritual sense, we should give ourselves a daily self-examination. Paul tells us to "examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith." (2 Cor 13:5 NKJV)
When we examine ourselves spiritually, God honors the effort and will cut us some slack, for "if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged." (1 Cor 11:31 NKJV) So let's take a quick personal exam.
First we want to examine your heart. Is it established (Heb. 13:9) or is it hardened (Heb. 3:8, 15)?
And how about your neck? Is it stiff (Prov. 29:1; 2 Chron. 30:8)?
Are your eyes bad or good (Matt 6:22)? Do you need eye salve that you might see (Rev. 3:18)?
Your head - your eyes should be in it, or you'll walk in darkness (Eccl. 2:14)? Is Christ your real head (Eph. 5:23)?
Do you have ears that don't hear (Psalm 135:17)? Are they itching ears (2 Tim 4:3)? Or are they blessed because they do hear (Matt. 13:16)?
Does your tongue devise mischief (Psalm 52:2)? Is it sharp? Or is it wise (Pro. 12:18)?
No exam would be complete without a blood test. The life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). How much life do you have? Is your blood innocent (Duet. 19:10)?
So how did your self-examination go?
Excerpted from The Sabbath Morning
Companion, May 27, 2005, by Lenny Cacchio.