Order More Tests

It's a story that most of us have experienced. Not feeling ourselves we head to the physician. After giving us the once-over, the doctor announces they want to order more tests. Maybe an MRI or an X-ray. Perhaps some blood work. 

The purpose of the test is to get an image of  the hard to see things that a basic, external exam might miss. Tests looks for difficult-to-see disease. 

The older I get the more I know my spiritual life regularly requires the same deep, inspection. David knew this when he wrote:

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind...  Psalm 26:2

Here is another way of thinking about this. Pastor and author Tim Keller writes, "Contemporary people tend to examine the Bible, looking for things they can't accept, but Christians should reverse that, allowing the Bible to examine us, looking for things God can't accept." 

This is why daily engagement with God's word is so vital. I've sometimes recoiled at the phrase "Bible study". To me this phrase seems to imply that reading the Bible is about acquiring knowledge. Certainly that happens. But much more should be happening. Scripture is different from a textbook. 

The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

The word of God, through the power of the Spirit of God, has the ability to find and destroy heart-malignancies. With honest examination and a humble spirit we can become more like Jesus. This process is not easy. In fact, it can be painful, forcing us to release attitudes and behaviors rooted in self-interest. But the end result is always good. 

Spend time with God's word today.  Absorb it.  Wrestle with it.  You may be surprised by what you find when you allow God to search you!

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