Have you ever thought about your own faith walk? I mean truly sat down and took an inventory of your faith. Lately, I have been evaluating my own faith walk.
See, I am an emotionally driven person. I see a sick animal on the side of the road, I try to save it. I see a hurting person, I try to fix the problem. I cry at everything that is even remotely sad. And I have a heart for everyone.
But there is an ugly side to my compassion. That side tends to only rear its ugly, carnal head when someone I love is being hurt. Unfortunately, there have been times this emotion has gotten the better of me. Times where I say or think something that goes against the word of God. It is in those times, I have repented and drawn close to God.
That being said, as I was reflecting on a conversation I had recently, I realized maybe it was time for me to take an inventory of my faith walk. See, it is easy for us to pass judgment on those who think differently than we do, but the Bible tells us in Philippians 2:12 NKJV to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
Therefore, I decided it was time for an inventory.
“So, what does that mean Katina?” You say.
Well, I am glad you asked.
Taking an inventory of our faith is much like taking an inventory at a store. When you inventory a store you compare what you see on the floor to what you should be seeing. Most of the time you have an inventory sheet that you use to check off the items as you count them.
Thinking about this, I began to wonder, what do people see when they look at me? Do they see a Christian or a hypocrite? Am I displaying the fruits of the spirit or the fruits of the world? By what standard am I living my life?
As I pondered these questions I began to realize, as Christians we should be taking an inventory of our lives regularly. So I ask you, are you doing an inventory of your faith walk?
What do people see when they look at you?
Do they see a Christian or a hypocrite? In other words, do your actions line up with the Word of God? Mark 7:6 NIV says, “He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
Do you exhibit the fruits of the spirit as defined in Galatians 5:22-23, “ “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Against such things there is no law.”
Last, what standard are you living by? Are you living as God would instruct you to live, or as the world instructs you to live? James 4:4 NIV, gives us clear instructions about which standard we should use to live by. It says, “ You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
These are all tough, hard-hitting questions that we as Christians should ask ourselves on a regular basis. Because the truth is, even if we are not taking an inventory for ourselves, the world is taking an inventory for us.
We need to be ahead of the curve. We need to evaluate our own faith and have a clear picture of our strengths and weaknesses. Then we must use the information we have to become more like our Heavenly Father.
Because, once we are saved, our faith is no longer our own. It is to be displayed for the glory of Christ to draw people into His loving arms.
We ask that you season this message with grace, mercy, and self-reflection. We pray that you give us the ability to inventory our own faith in such a way that we draw closer to you. If we feel conviction in our hearts, we pray that we use that conviction to change the things that need to change. We pray that our life is used in great and might ways to further your family. Amen.