Summary: OUR LIVES MUST BE CHECKED AND EVALUATED DAILY
EVALUATE YOUR LIFE
MAIN TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 13:5
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Christ Jesus is in you, except ye be reprobate?
“How many are my iniquities and sin? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.
Our journey to heaven is likened to one in a hurdle race. It is a personal race; you are alone on your own track, running to obtain a prize; not just a prize, but the best which is the first position. In our spiritual race, our sole aim is to win the crown of glory which is eternal life with Jesus Christ.
In this heavenly race, there are hurdles to be faced. These hurdles can come in form of sickness/afflictions, childlessness, delay in marriage, marital problems, academic/business/career problems, poverty, near success syndrome, lust of the flesh etc. Therefore, you must be focused to be able to see and apply the techniques you learned during the training process. Those training processes are, constantly studying the word of God which is Christ, fellowshipping with brethren, reading and watching relevant Christian books and CDs which will help in building your spiritual life to enable you jump the hurdles of life.
However, unlike the physical race where you don’t look sideways or backwards to avoid missing your track, it is important that in our spiritual journey or race we should on regular basis stop to have a reflection on the journey so far. It is you through the spirit of God in you that is in the best position to evaluate yourself; you have to pause and ask yourself, how is my relationship with God? How well have I been doing the will of God, if not well, where did I go wrong?
When you must have evaluated your life and have discovered where you were wrong, it is important to be remorseful before your father in heaven. Tell Him you are sorry, ask for forgiveness and resolve not to do them again. At this point you are back on track to continue the journey. It is important to remind us that, it is dangerous to remain at the point where you fell off the track [sinned] and keep complaining, blaming and condemning yourself and others for falling.
It is also important to note that, for every one in this race, there is a particular time allotted to him or her to run this race and the time is ticking.
EVALUATE YOURSELF REGULARLY TO REMAIN VALUABLE TO THE END.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: LAMENTATION 3:40, LUKE 15:17-24.