“Examine me, O Lord, and try me; test my mind and my heart” Psalm 26:2 (NASB).
When we decided to remodel the basement, I quickly learned that not all would be done quickly. There were continual unexpected delays! However, one of the delays I learned to appreciate was the occasional building inspection.
County inspectors make sure all work is completed according to the county code requirements, and that nothing has been overlooked. These inspections often prevent worse delays in the future, as they draw notice to areas that need attention before the job progresses any further.
Thinking about these building inspections, reminded me that we need spiritual building inspections, too. Without timely heart assessments, small oversights in our relationship with God - such as allowing busyness to distract us from Him and His purposes - can trip us up and cause delays in the building that God intends for us in His body, the church.
1 Peter 2:5 says, “You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
For a spiritual house inspection, Jesus knows all the places in our hearts to inspect so that we don’t overlook important action needed to build up the body of Christ. See Ephesians 4:15-16. Each of us is an important part of the building up of the body of Christ that will be completed . . . in His perfect timing.
Father, I invite you to search my heart. You know my anxious thoughts and the things that separate me from being consecrated to You alone. Lord, I thank you for Your promise to forgive our sins when we confess them, You not only forgive us, You cleanse us from all unrighteousness and put us back into the building process. I love You, merciful and gracious God.
See Psalm 139:23-24 and 1 John 1:9