By A.W. Tozer
The philosopher Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” If a common philosopher could think that, how much more we Christians ought to listen to the Holy Spirit when He says, “Examine yourself.” An unexamined Christian lies like an unattended garden. Let your garden go unattended for a few months, and you will not have roses and tomatoes but weeds. An unexamined Christian life is like an unkempt house. Lock your house up as tight as you will and leave it long enough, and when you come back you will not believe the dirt that got in from somewhere. An unexamined Christian life is like an untaught child. A child that is not taught will be a little savage. It takes examination, teaching, instruction, discipline, caring, tending, weeding and cultivating to keep the life right. I do not want to leave you on a low note. I am trying to wake you, not discourage you. There is not a reason in the world for you to be discouraged. . . .
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5
It is good and necessary to examine our lives by the light of God’s Word. It exposes our need but also illuminates the Great Provider.
Lord, examination sends me running to You for cleansing, forgiveness and Your life. I want to walk in step with You.