OPEN TO EXAMINATION
There are very few of us that open ourselves to personal examination by others. We usually have a mental list of things we have done that the Lord will accept, but rarely ask for others to give us honest feedback. Openness to examination by others seems to be a mark of a true disciple. After Paul and Silas were redirected by the Holy Spirit to enter Macedonia, they came to a Roman colony and “went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer” (Acts 16:12-13). How many connections have you made with people at a place of prayer?
After speaking with the women who gathered there for prayer, they met a “woman named Lydia… a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us” (16:15).
Her words are very telling; “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord.” She was not seeking approval from any human standard, but her faith and identification with Jesus Christ required that she be faithful to the Lord. This raises the question as to what standard we use in measuring other people. Is it “the Lord” or some human organizational basis of evaluating.
The next question is; are we willing for that kind of examination? I can assure you that person who lives in daily intimacy with the Lord is a person who grows in their willingness to be examined by Him and others. They are also persons who are fruitful in their work because they are doing it for Him, not the applause of men.
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