“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourself. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.” — 2 Corinthians 13:5-6
In 2 Corinthians 13:5, we read the strong words given by the apostle Paul to the newly formed church in Corinth: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.” I don’t know about you, but this would not have been a point of encouragement for me. I would have been hesitant to test myself.
On the other hand, why am I so offended by accountability? Paul is lovingly asking them to examine themselves to see if they are in the faith. Isn’t this something we should do every day? Every moment of every day, we are being challenged to choose Christ over culture, forcing us to examine our faith and test our resolve.
This passage of challenge should be our daily bread as we navigate life. I love how Paul stops in the middle and asks, “Do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?” It is both an encouragement and a prompting for them to remember their Savior and His residing Spirit.
The Spirit of God in us can stand up against any test and be our source of comfort through any examination. I pray that you, like the early Church, will pass the test.
— Fleceia Comeaux, NWSL’s Houston Dash co-chaplain
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