“Examining Your Christian Walk…” Theme for the Week of January 13th-19th
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)
Every 4 weeks, TempleStrength has a theme. The first four weeks of this year, our theme is “Testing”. Each week has a verse and this week, our verse comes from 2 Corinthians 13:5.
We are testing ourselves in a variety of ways. Our athletes are doing 7 workouts, looking at results and then re-testing in 6 weeks to see how much we have improved.
We are also starting a Paleo Challenge and testing our own discipline, determination, and will as we strive to eat clean and natural over this 6 week period. We are taking photos of ourselves, weighing in, and measuring body fat percentage. We will see what types of changes we undergo throughout this time and I am sure that we will see great results from those who put in the time in the gym, but especially in the kitchen!
The Christian walk is very similar to this.
We must test ourselves to see where we stand in our faith.
-Do you have more or less peace in your life than a year ago?
-Do you have more patience and empathy than you did 5 years ago?
-Are you thoughts and actions pure and selfless, or at least more selfless than they were a few months ago?
-How’s your language? Do you still cuss and gossip? Has it gotten better or worse?
-Do you spend more or less time with God by reading the bible than you used to? How is your prayer life today compared to a few weeks ago?
-Do you trust God more even in uncertain times? Or are you relying upon your own strength?
I think about these things and I can honestly say that as I have gotten busier, my prayer life has suffered. My quiet times have definitely dwindled.
And boy do I feel it. I notice that I am trusting more in myself than in God by working harder, longer, and more. I can’t sleep at night because I am caught up in the whirlwind of thoughts and ideas I have to implement to be successful.
But God says “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8 NIV)
This means that I should be deep in God’s word every day. It needs to be in my heart and my mind so I obey its commands.
Wow, I sure do fall short of this…
Examining yourself is easy in CrossFit. Not so easy in the Christian life.
My prayer for you all is to examine yourself through God’s eyes. Let Him search your heart and expose all weaknesses. It’s not fun nor is it pretty but it makes you stronger in the faith.
Ask Him to search your heart and reveal to you what He needs to help you change. As always, he is faithful to answer prayers.
Every workout is a test. Here’s a photo of me after a grueling 3 workouts in one day. Do you ever feel like this spiritually? Beat down, exhausted, and nothing left in the tank?
God wants you to test yourself. See where you are. Then he can make you stronger by trusting in HIM, not you…