Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind. | Psalm 26:2
This cry for examination unto God is a heart cry for closeness and nothing to get in the way of a right relationship before Him. Do you desire this kind of nearness? I have often longed for renewed intimacy with my Savior, but don’t necessarily want to take the needed time, energy, and sacrifices along with it.
Allow me to illustrate with a real life situation…
Lately, I’ve been cataloging all the books in our chapel’s library (literally thousands of wonderfully old books), and as I enter one after another into my handy-dandy spreadsheet, I keep seeing these spiritual parallels for cataloging that I need in my life.
It takes time and isn’t fancy on the outside, but this cataloging is letting me know exactly which books the library has (or doesn’t have) and to prioritize, process, and purge if needed.
I need to spiritually “catalog” with my sweet Jesus on the daily, going through not only sin, but also emotions, circumstances, character strengths and weaknesses, requests, and the like.
But if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not another…but God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the works has been crucified to me, and I to the world. | Galatians 6:3-4,14
So just a few thoughts and questions as we come before The Lord to take inventory:
Am I placing anything or anyone before God in my life? If so, what steps need to be taken to remove this as a wrongful idol and once again have Christ as first and only Lord over my life?
Are there habits, good or bad, that I am brushing over? Are there sins I haven’t dealt with or things in my past I need to process and fully talk about with my Savior?
Is there anything getting in the way of me obeying Jesus and His call on my life? Are there earthly possessions, social media outlets, longings, thought patterns, that I need to give to The Lord to move forward with Him?
Our lives are fully on display before the Living God. May we live every moment in such a surrendered and examined way that we have a clear conscience before God and man, aiming to please Him in all things!