When we go to our doctor for an annual physical examination, the doctor will listen to your heart. The heart is a major organ that maintains circulation by pumping blood that delivers life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients to 3 trillion cells in our body.
As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Our heart needs to be examined. Ezekiel 11:19-20 says ”…I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” When God saves us, He does a heart transplant. He takes out the hard heart and replaces it with a soft heart enabling us to obey Him as His children.
The Word of God in 1 Corinthians 13:5 says “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test”. This command is in the present imperative tense so it’s a command to do something in the future and involves continuous or repeated action. We are to examine our spiritual lives, not once but periodically. Let’s check that…
- we are saved for real
- we are growing spiritual and consistently living out our faith
- we are not in a back-slidden condition.