“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.”
— 2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT
Paul is asking the Corinthians whether Jesus was really in their lives. He was saying this as a way to honestly check their own hearts and see if they were living a genuine life of faith in Jesus Christ.
When I hear the word “test”, my mind and body react as a school student. I know my reaction is from a desire of not wanting to fail. More so, Paul is asking not only the Corinthians but us today, “Test yourselves.” This is of great importance to look inside ourselves and be brutally honest.
It may hurt to revisit hurts and trauma that make up the background for why we may be failing in our walk in faith with Christ. We may be failing in our walk but that doesn’t mean Jesus has given up on you. He doesn’t want perfect people,but broken and humble spirits that are ready for restoration in His grace.
1) Testing will require me to do it frequently, especially when things are going good. I know my heart sometimes forgets to have faith in Jesus when things are going well. I’m am in dangerous territory when I begin to think I don’t need Him.
It will also allow me to keep humble and mindful of my walk with Christ.
2) Seek help. I cannot do this on my own. I need others that will stand with me and help me keep afloat in times of struggle. I need prayers and support or I will suffer discouragement.
Jesus, thank you for loving us even though we are unworthy and imperfect people. Thank you for your sacrifice that allowed us to be worthy before the Father. I pray that you reveal to me areas in my life that I have put myself above you. I ask for your mercy and Grace for the dark spots in my life that are in desperate need of Your Light. Holy Spirit direct me and help me to come to know The Father more! I live you and ask of this in your Name, Jesus! Amen!