Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? –unless indeed you are disqualified (2 Corinthians 13:5).
I examine myself in all kinds of ways. Did I brush my teeth this morning? I can run my tongue over my teeth and quickly conclude the answer. We are constantly in the process of examining ourselves. Did I remember to . . . ? Will I be on time for that meeting . . . ? You can examine your own ways. Why shouldn’t we keep a running tab on whether or not we are in faith? Are we trusting God?
My son says, “I’ve stopped micro-managing God. He has a much better plan for my life than I do. Whatever He brings my way, I throw myself into it 100%. Life is much more fun this way.”
The only way to get disqualified from the faith race (which you only run against yourself) is to deny Christ; tell Jesus to get out of your life and stay out. That is the only unforgiveable sin. I trust that not one of us has disqualified ourselves. And if you have, throw yourself on His Mercy!
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing (1Corinthians 13:2).
The famous love chapter claims that we can have all faith, the kind of faith that actually moves mountains! Ah! But there’s a catch--it depends on our love walk. Faith works by love. I have to be honest. There are just some people I don’t want to love. So, I have to remind myself that these people are like apples in God’s eyes. He sees them much differently than I do. To Him they are His precious creations in whom He places high, high hopes. If I want to please God, I’d better be thinking about how I can love these people. He doesn’t appreciate it when people don’t love me, and He doesn’t appreciate me when I don’t love His other loved ones. Also, the only factor in life that changes all things is love. I might as well get on with it.