THEME: Self-Examination 2
PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 13:1-10
HYMN: MHB 373 LORD, I was blind I could not see
MEMORY VERSE: II 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.”
A man went to see his medical doctor check his blood pressure. On his way there was gridlock. Before he got to the hospital, the blood pressure has reached an alarming state, and he was admitted at the Emergency Ward. When his condition was stable, the Doctor asked him: What household blood pressure instrument or machine do you have? He replied “It is in good condition” and the Doctor asked again. Have you used it to check your blood pressure? He said, “No, Doctor.” The doctor was angry and said, “If you have used it, it would have saved you from an emergency situation you find yourself. He then advised him that self-examination is important.
As self-examination applies to our health, likewise it is for our spiritual well-being. There are Christians who are busy with Church activities, but their faith is weak. They relied on the outward service, the office they hold, the honorific title they have without having a genuine encounter with the Lord.
There are Ministers, too, who capitalize on pastoring, preaching, teaching and conducting services without examining the state of their spiritual life. Members-only appreciate the cassock and vestments when in the actual sense, the man/woman’s anointing is neither effective nor corrective.
Self-examination in our Christian race is very important, that the situation we find ourselves may not result in “emergency.” We can have self-examination through personal meditation on the Word of God. Pray for renewal of anointing because the anointing of yesterday may not be strong enough to encounter the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Is your Ministry as a Minister, officer of the Church or member making a positive impact in the life of the congregation?
It is important to know that you can only examine yourself when your relationship with Jesus Christ is cordial.
PRAYER: Eternal Lord, give me the grace to always assess myself in the mirror of Your Word, in Jesus’ name. Amen

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