We are all guilty of it.
We have all gotten caught up in the external.
Sometimes, we get so focused on how we appear to others, how we're achieving in our careers, or how we're perceived on social media.
It is okay. It happens. But we cannot stay here. It’s time we see ourselves.
There is a deeper, more essential journey that we're all called to embark on. It's a journey of self-examination, reflection, and, ultimately, discovery.
In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Apostle Paul invites us to a profound self-inquiry, saying, "Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit? amp"
This is a challenge to look beyond the surface, to question not just our actions but the very essence of our faith and commitment. Are we living as true believers? Is our faith just a label, a comfort blanket, or is it the driving force behind our every decision, word, and action?
When it is, we do not have time for the external.
Take time to take a look in the spiritual mirror. Ask yourself hard questions. Is my faith genuine? Does my life reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ? Am I living in a way that aligns with my deepest beliefs and values?
Sis, this is not about self-judgment or condemnation but honest self-assessment and focusing on the important internal things. It's an opportunity to align more closely with our faith, to root out any inconsistencies between what we profess to believe and how we live. It's a chance to recognize that Jesus Christ is within us, guiding us, shaping us, and leading us toward a life of authenticity and purpose.
So, moving forward, let's commit to engaging in this process of self-examination continually. It's a commitment to growth, to becoming more like Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Let's be authentic and not counterfeit.
This is such a great invitation from Apostle Paul.
When we intentionally focus on self-examination of faith and what’s on the inside of us, we will see ourselves.
And we all will confidently say, “I See Me.”
Take time to reflect and journal write about these on the questions from above:
Is my faith genuine? Does my life reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ? Am I living in a way that aligns with my deepest beliefs and values?
-Your Kingdom Journal Writing and Leadership Friend