the day for self-examination.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts…” Psalm 139:23 KJV
We examine the outsides of our bodies in many different ways and for many different reasons. We painstakingly keep an eye on blemishes to see if they change size or shape; women are encouraged to examine themselves for lumps that might be an indication of cancer; we examine our stomachs, our hair, our teeth; we poke and prod and do everything but look at ourselves through a magnifying glass – and sometimes we do that!
But what about a self-examination of our soul? How often do we examine our spiritual health?
The truth is, many of us do not perform this important task on anything resembling a regular basis, and that is a serious mistake. It is important that we ask God to help us perform a “spiritual spot check” frequently. In our busy lives it is all too easy to let ourselves go spiritually in much the same way that some of us allow ourselves to slip physically. Just as neglect can cause us to put on physical weight, we also put on “spiritual weight.” This comes in the form of burdens of sin that accumulate inside of us, weighing us down spiritually. And just as allowing ourselves to put on physical pounds slows us down and has a negative effect on our moods, the weight of our sins affects us in the same manner.
For many of us, too much time is spent searching our exteriors for imperfections when our attention really needs to be focused on the inside. When we ask God to regularly help us give ourselves a spiritual checkup, we are taking an important step in ensuring excellent spiritual health.
We have mirrors to help us examine our skin, hair and other exterior components of our physical makeup. We have God to help us examine the inside. Unfortunately, the mirror does nothing beyond helping us to see flaws. God, on the other hand, not only helps us to see the things that are wrong with us spiritually, but He is there to help us fix whatever needs fixing.
Ask God to help you give yourself a “spiritual spot check” today.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson
New International Version
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Hmmm….I wonder if that’s why my eyes were bothering me today? 🙂
Thanks for reading, and taking the time to comment, my friend.