February 23
An examined life
Jason Nelson

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Like other philosophers in the single-digit centuries, he asked a big question: What gives life meaning? He answered with ideas that became basic material for the philosophical building blocks of Western civilization. Such as, because we are people and not animals, vegetables, or rocks, we can take a long, hard look at ourselves. We can live an examined life.

The examined life is the cornerstone of the Christian life. Embracing our Savior requires making ourselves aware of what he saved us from. We have to be brutally honest with ourselves about ourselves. Only then can we see how we defeat ourselves and fail to measure up to everything that is holy. It takes self-imposed discipline to review all of our choices and repent of the sins we commit every single day. It takes determination to follow our Lord because we love him for redeeming us from a very inadequate life and giving us a life worth living.

Use that special capacity that God gave people. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test” (2 Corinthians 13:5,6).

Spirit of the living God, enable each of us to examine ourselves daily and realize that through Jesus Christ we have lives worth living. Amen.


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