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Paul wrote, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves..." (2 Corinthians 13:5). We all need to take time to look at our lives to see if we are living as God desires. I recently read a challenging poem which can help us "examine" ourselves.
Would I be called a Christian, if everybody knew
My secret thoughts and feelings, and everything I do?
Oh, could they hear Him speaking, in everything I say;
Are the words I utter proving, that I am of "the way"?
Would I be called a Christian, if everyone could know,
That I am found in places, that Jesus wouldn't go?
Oh, could they hear His echo, in every song I sing;
In eating, drinking, dressing, would they see Christ my King?
Would I be called a Christian, if judged by what I read,
By all my recreations and every thought and deed?
Could I be counted Christ-like, as I now work and play;
Unselfish, kind, forgiving, to others everyday?—Author unknown
-Examine your mind Is your mind the mind of Christ? Paul instructed, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5).
-Examine your mouth. Are our words becoming of a Christian? The Scriptures warn us many times about the danger of uncontrolled speech (Jas. 3:5-10).
-Examine your morals. Does your behavior exhibit the morals of Christ or Satan? Our actions must show the world that we are people with Christian morals (Tit. 2:14).
The Toughest Judge
A Buddhist story tells of a man who had lived wickedly and became very ill and near death. In the fever he had a dream, and in this dream he was conducted through the underworld to the hall of justice in which judges sat in curtained alcoves. He faced his judge, and was told to write his misdeeds upon a slate provided for that purpose. Sentence was then passed that he should be thrice struck by lightning for his sins. The curtain was drawn back, and he faced his judge, to find there seated the image of himself, and he realized that he had pronounced the verdict. All of us must face our own consciences, and should take pains to live so in accord with them, as they are educated by the Bible (Romans 14:21-23; cf. Acts 23:1).