Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
What it reveals:
Would you agree with me in saying that this year has tried and tested you?
In my case, I feel I have been tried and tested, and this is even before coronavirus entered the world and put a stop to things. I had to hit the reset button on my career and maintain my faith in Christ, believing that He would get me through it just as He's done in the past. Rejection after rejection could have taken me out, but instead, I used it to fuel me, remembering that my faith is bigger than the no's I've received, and not only that, my faith in Christ makes the yes that I will receive greater than my own desires.
It easy to feel defeated, and it's easy to trust in our present circumstances, but what this verse is calling us to do is trust in Christ. To trust that He is within us, and for that fact, our tomorrow is not limited by our today. I believe that what we've been through this year is a call for us to look at who we are as a people and as a body in Christ Jesus.
When you were hit with the unexpected, did you waver in your faith? When you were hit with disappointment, did you turn to unbelief? When you lost or gained, did you abandon Christ? When the church could no longer gather, where did you turn? What did you do when you were face to face with challenges?
Be honest with yourself as you assess yourself. Christs knows what you did, and He knows what led you to your choices. He wants you to have true deep, unwavering faith. This isn't a call for you to feel bad for struggling, and it isn't a call for you to be boastful for not. It is a call for you to reflect on who you were, what you've been through, who you've been called to be, and to use these things to fuel an intentional faith in Christ.
Thank you, Lord; there is no one worthy or deserving of all the praise. Thank you for what you've brought me through. It hasn't been easy, but I've trusted in you. As I reflect on the year and who I am, I pray that my faith would increase. I pray that I would undoubtedly trust that Christ Jesus is within me. May, this fact carry me for all the days of my life and equip me for all other trails, wins, and losses. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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