We are selling our house and today is the day the buyers are having our house inspected. The inspector will be very thorough and comprehensive. He/she WILL find things wrong with this house. It is 43 years old. It's not perfect. We have lived in this house for 24 years. If anyone knows the defects, it would be me.
But its one thing to know them. Its another thing to have someone point them out and ask me to correct them. My response to many of the things pointed out will probably be "It's fine. It's good enough. It's not a big deal and hasn't been a big deal." BUT...that doesn't mean it isn't a defect and needs fixing. And if I want my house to be in solid shape, I will need to fix them.
This brings me to what's on my mind in regards to my life. "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
I must open my life up to God to inspect my life. He will be thorough and comprehensive. He WILL find things wrong. I am almost 56 years old. I am not perfect. There are things in my life that are defective and need correcting. I know that. However, it is one thing to know it and another thing to have God point it out to me in a way I cannot avoid and to admit they need fixing.
My response too often to God is, "It's fine. It's no big deal." But it IS a big deal. Defects in my life are proof of my sin and my sin is unacceptable to God. And if I want my life to honor God, I must admit my sin and defects and, by His power and grace, admit them, confess them, and "go and sin no more."
How does this inspection by God happen? Mostly by spending time in His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." Which means if I am going to honor God with my life and "go and sin no more" - I must spend time reading, studying, and reflecting on His Word.
This life inspection happens a lot on Wednesdays as Wednesday is the day I commit to really digging into Scripture and researching material for upcoming messages. Today, I begin studying and researching for a series I want to do on the life of Samson. It might sound a bit off, but I WANT God to do surgery on my heart and life as I study this. I WANT to honor Him and live for Him. And if there is something defective in my life bogging me down in my relationship with Him and living out His purpose for my life, I WANT to know it and fix it. I am just thankful God's inspection is done with grace and mercy and forgiveness.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."