2 Corinthians 13:5 (NASB) Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
I knew it was coming from somewhere. A trickle of water appeared on the basement floor along one wall, but I couldn't tell exactly where it was coming from. So, I began to investigate. I took a hammer and began to tap along the wall, testing it to see if it was solid or hollow. Today's verse speaks of testing ourselves, examining, if you will, to see if we fail the test of Christ. No sooner had I started when I heard that hollow sound, and as I began to tap a little harder, the wall began to crumble. There beneath the good-looking exterior was concrete that had turned to dust. From time to time, we need to examine ourselves to see if we have turned to dust and are no longer doing what we were meant to do. It may take a little tapping or even some hard knocks to examine if we are truly what we say we are. Once mortar was applied to the wall, the leak was fixed. Maybe we need to get some mortar from the Word of God to do a little fixing of our own.
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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