You and Christ
Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
- 1 Corinthians 11:28
In Paul’s teaching to the church in Corinth, the practice of self-examination is linked to a movement toward Christ. Self-examination leads to us to remember the saving sacrifice of Jesus. This protects self-examination from turning into self-centered navel-gazing.
For today’s exercise, pick up a Bible or wander over to www.biblegateway.com.
Open up a Gospel and start reading. The Gospels are 4 different collections of true stories about Jesus. They’re found at the beginning of the New Testament and help us see, know, and love Jesus. Try to read for at least five minutes (you can read for as long as you’d like, but you’ll get more out of it if you set aside a little bit of time).
As you read, ask the following self-examination questions …
- How have I encountered Jesus in ways that are similar to the people in these stories? How have my encounters with Jesus been different?
- How do I feel about Jesus? How would I describe my feelings toward him in this season of my life?
- How does the portrait of Jesus I’m seeing in scripture challenge the pictures of Jesus I paint in my mind? Why is there a difference?
- What would I like to see change in my relationship with Jesus? What invitation is he offering me today?