It’s one of those annual rites that’s practiced in most homes across the USA. At some point in the Spring and the Fall months of the year, there is some time scheduled for extra cleaning.
Just as you make time to spruce up your house, you might want to examine your life as well. Is it as tidy and clean as it was a week or a month ago?
Self-examination is a continuing theme throughout the pages of Scripture, and I’ve emphasized a word in each verse below. While these are different words in the English, they come from the same word in the Greek which is the language of the New Testament.
As you read these verses consider them in the context of who, what, when, and why:
***1 Thessalonians 5:21-22: Test everything. Hold on to what is good. Keep away from every kind of evil.
- What am I doing now that I wasn’t doing that has created a void in my relationship with God?
***Philippians 1:9-11: I pray that your love will keep on growing because of your knowledge and insight. That way you will be able to determine what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. Jesus Christ will fill your lives with everything that God’s approval produces. Your lives will then bring glory and praise to God.
- When did my love for Jesus quit growing and when did it cease to bring Him glory and praise?
***Ephesians 5:8-14: Live as children of light, for the fruit that the light produces consists of every form of goodness, righteousness, and truth. Determine what pleases the Lord, and have nothing to do with the unfruitful actions that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for what they are. For it is shameful even to mention what is done by these disobedient people in secret. But everything that is exposed to the light becomes visible, for the light is making everything visible.
- Who has influenced me to walk in the shadowy sin of darkness instead of the light of God’s love?
***Galatians 6:3-4: If anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself; but let each one examine his own work
- Why do I think I can live my life on my own terms and disregard the principles of God and compromise my testimony?
***Romans 12:1-2: I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship. Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.
Examine your life to discern who you are most like. Are you more or less of a reflection of Jesus than you were a week or a month ago? If you are less like Him, is it because you like Him less and some one or some thing else more? Are you still conformed to His image or have you morphed into the likeness of the world?
Examine yourself: Is it time for some Fall cleaning?