by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:5-10]
A. Examinations are usually unpleasant, but they are necessary.
B. We know that frequent self-examinations are better, but few of us have the discipline it takes to perform them.
C. Whether we examine ourselves or not, we can be sure that the devil will put us to the test (Matthew 4:1-10; 1 Corinthians 7:5).
I. How can we examine ourselves?
A. First, we need a reliable standard (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
B. A thorough examination requires that we have an open heart (Hebrews 4:12-13; James 1:22-25).
C. A thorough examination also takes some time (Haggai 1:2-4; 2 Timothy 2:15).
II. What aspects of our lives do we need to examine?
A. We need to examine our faith to make sure it comes from God, not man (1 Peter 3:15; 1 John 4:1).
B. We need to examine our works because many of God’s commands are often neglected (Matthew 5:44; James 1:27).
C. We need to examine our motives because even good works can be done for the wrong reasons (Matthew 6:1-4; Philippians 1:16).
D. We also need to examine our worship to God (Matthew 15:8-9; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; 2 Corinthians 9:7).
A. The final examination will be administered by God Himself at the Judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12).
B. If you were to stand before Christ today, would you be ready to give an answer?