Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Inspections are a part of life. Matters little if its a safety inspection, a health and welfare inspection, or a trailer inspection. Inspections happen and they are inevitable. What the inspector is looking for depends upon what the purpose of the inspection is. These inspections are important as they help to keep things moving. Inspections help to find flaws or problems that need correcting, and the sooner, the better.
What about our lives? Is there an inspection of our lives? Yes, there is. It is a constant and ongoing process. In the Bible we are encouraged to examine ourselves as we approach the Lord’s table. We should be be thoughtful and consider well our unworthiness to even approach the alter. We are, without exception, sinful and disobedient beings, bent entirely upon evil. Whatever good that exists in us is only be God grace and is a gift thereof. As the Bible states plainly, there is no one who is truly righteous.
No matter how hard we try, none of us can go a day without sinning. The Apostle Paul identified this when he declared “the good I want to do, I don’t do. The evil I don’t want to do, that I do”. Even the great evangelist to the gentiles struggled with his sin nature. He gave himself a full inspection, and though finding himself righteous according to the law, he recognized how his thoughts were not necessarily in accordance with the law, even if his actions were. Thus, he declared that he was not righteous before God, aside from the grace of God.
We all need to inspect ourselves carefully. In truth, we are all evil. We may not necessarily violate God’s law in terms of our actions. However, we do do quite often in our thoughts. Thusly, even if we do not sin in deed, then we will sin in our thoughts. When we do, we have only one option, we need to turn and repent, asking God to forgive us and then accept that we are forgiven and seek to sin no more. Even praying as Jesus taught us to pray can help us to get back in the right frame of mind as we seek not to sin. We will, inevitably sin again, but if we constantly inspect our lives and repent when we are aware of evil within it, we can seek the mercy and grace of God the Father and his forgiveness.
Who Art in Heaven
Hallowed by thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
As it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from Evil
For thine is the kingdom
And the power
And the Glory