Examine yourself to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless, indeed, you fail the test. -2 Cor 13:5 (NIV)
A year ago, when I journaled on this day and on these readings, it was not a good day. I didn't make any specific references to events taking place in my life but I did say that I felt spiritually dry and empty (yeah, pastors feel that way at times too). In my estimation, I had failed the test. This morning, as I once again reflect on this verse and examine my life, I feel more confident than I did a year ago about where I am in my faith. There is always room for improvement but I do feel Christ in me today.
Being hungry for a greater awareness of Christ's power and presence in your life is important. Seeking to sense this presence and to find power in this presence is crucial. A daily examination for evidence of Christ in your life is a good place to start.
May God grant you the grace to examine yourself today to see whether you are living in the faith. I hope you pass the test and claim the power that is available because Jesus Christ is in you. And take comfort: His presence in your life isn't dependent upon your perception of it.
If you're interested in reading through the Bible in a year, tomorrow's suggested readings are 1 Samuel 15-16, 1 Chronicles 5, and Matthew 1.