Self-Examination

May 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

 For so many of us, we love the idea that we can be critical of others; tell them what’s wrong with their life, how they can fix it, or where they are messing up with God. However, we are unwilling to examine our own life for those very same mistakes.

I can think of numerous examples in my life when I have met with someone and they tell me their struggles, but I shove my own life out of the way. For many of us, we have too much pride to examine our life and accept the very same thing we tell others for our own life. We like the idea that we can tell others what’s wrong with their life, but get defensive when the tables are turned. Well, the bible has something to say about this…

Psalms 149:4
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.

Proverbs 16:18-19 
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

We are given 2 options in life: accept or reject Christ. If you choose to accept Christ, like I do, then you have to be able to take yourself out of the glory to let him be glorified. The only examiner of life is Jesus himself, the bible often warns judge not, unless you be judged. Meaning, if you go out and judge others for their actions, Christ will judge you and I don’t think you want the only perfect person in this universe judging you- even your thoughts would be judged.

As Christ-followers, our duty in life is to show others the love of Christ by giving up our life, finances, and thoughts to Christ. Not telling them how badly they have messed up and doubting their walk with Christ. If you truly want to be used by God, you cannot by proud and showy. God will never bless the prideful or judgmental, but instead will use the wise, quiet man.

So, my challenge for you today is simple: Before you speak words into someone elses life, are you willing to accept them as criticism in your own life too? Meaning, are you willing to examine your own life for the areas you need to improve on or are you going to try and runaway from your own failures by trying to tell others where they are wrong? God wants to use you to be something special– if He didn’t, you would be dead. You can either accept or reject Christ, there is no other middle ground or other option. Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save the world and give us all another chance.

Isaiah 66:2
Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”

Micah 6:8 
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Matthew 18:3-4 
And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 23:12 
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

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