Self-reflection can be daunting, especially if we are not equipped with the right tools. In this fast-paced world, getting lost in the constant noise and distractions is easy, preventing us from truly examining ourselves and our actions. However, as Christians, we must evaluate ourselves Biblically continually. In doing so, we can grow closer to God and truly become the person God created us to be.
The Bible makes it clear that we must examine ourselves continually. In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus warns us against judgmental attitudes and urges us to look at ourselves before judging others. Ephesians 5:15-16, likewise reminds us to make the most of every opportunity, using our time wisely and intentionally. These passages remind us of the importance of examining ourselves to grow our relationship with God.
Identify your Core Beliefs
Core beliefs lie at the foundation of our thoughts, emotions, and actions. They are the values and ideas we hold to be accurate and shape our Worldview. By identifying our core beliefs, we can examine them in light of Scripture, and ensure that they align with Biblical teachings.
Write down the ideas and values that are most important to you on a piece of paper. Take the time to evaluate them and compare them to what the Bible says. Look for areas where your beliefs may be inconsistent with Biblical truth, and consider how you can align your thoughts with the teachings of Jesus.
Examine your actions
Our actions often reveal what is in our hearts. In Matthew 15:18-19, Jesus says, "But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander." By examining our actions, we can gain insight into what is driving our behavior and take steps to correct any areas not aligned with God's will.
Take time to reflect on your recent actions. Ask God to reveal any areas where you may have fallen short and to help you make changes moving forward. Take practical steps to correct negative behaviors, seeking accountability and support from those around you.
Evaluate your relationships
Our relationships can have a profound impact on our Spiritual growth. In Proverbs 13:20, we are warned that "whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." As we examine ourselves, it is crucial to evaluate the people we surround ourselves with and assess whether or not they are helping us to grow in our relationship with God.
Think about the people you spend the most time with. Are they encouraging you to grow Spiritually and holding you accountable? Or are they dragging you down and discouraging you? Consider changing your social circle if necessary, seeking out those who can support you in your faith journey.
Prioritize Prayer and Scripture
Prayer and Scripture are essential to our growth as Christians. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are urged to "pray without ceasing," in Psalm 119:105, we are reminded that "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." By prioritizing these Spiritual disciplines, we can better discern God's will for our lives and draw closer to Him.
Make time each day for Prayer and Scripture. Set aside a regular time and place for these activities, and make them a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Consider using a Prayer or Devotional guide to keep you on track and focused.
Examining ourselves Biblically is a continual process that requires intentionality and effort. As we identify our core beliefs, analyze our actions, evaluate our relationships, and prioritize Prayer and Scripture, we can grow closer to God and become who He desires us to be. Through this process of self-reflection, we can experience personal growth and transformation and more fully live out our calling as followers of Jesus Christ.