A Spiritual Examination

      Recently, I endured the annual trip to the doctor for my physical. I didn’t enjoy going for this examination. But it’s good for me. As the exam began, I discussed certain basic items with my doctor. “How much do you weigh?” he asked. “Oh about 190”, I replied. He had me step up on the scale, and the big lying scale said 230. After looking at me over the top of his glasses, doc asked how tall I was. “Oh about 6’6”, I replied. You see, I reasoned that in order to not be overweight! I had to be at least 6’6” tall. I didn’t know the scale had a height measurement attached. Doc checked and it seems I am only 5’9”. I’m beginning to really not like this scale. It Was at this point ol’ doc decided to take my blood pressure. “My, your pressure is really high!” he said. “Of course it’s high”, I replied. When I came in here I was tall and muscular, now I’m short and fat. Sometimes, an examination is not something we enjoy. But God has asked us to examine our spiritual condition. 2Corinthians 13:5 tells us “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!” Examine yourselves…Much like my annual physical, the main purpose of a spiritual examination is to determine whether a loss or gain has been realized. We should ask ourselves how our lives have influenced others. We can learn from a look at our past, our present – and even our plans for the future. And what better time for a spiritual exam than in spring time? God is bringing dormant life back into beautiful, fruitful existence. So, with that in mind, let’s take our annual spiritual physical and allow God to heal that which is ill. He waits to make our lives beautiful and fruitful. Pastor Randy

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