We are pretty good at diagnosing ourselves for various problems such as a cough or hay-fever. This thought was based on a treatment plan that you may have if you went to a doctor or dentist for a problem or pain. Using the structure of a dental examination, I would like us to examine ourselves.
The structure of a dental examination is as follows:
|What is the problem and history of the type of pain e.g. toothache|
|Physically assess inside the mouth and around head and neck|
|looking into the problem further e.g. x-rays
This can help give the most accurate diagnosis and identify something we may have missed during the examination
|Definition of the problem|
|Steps for how to best manage the patient's problem|
|Any follow up steps required including recall appointments to try and eliminate this problem occurring again|
Using the same structure, we will begin to examine ourselves…
We are all expected to die at some point. There are many famous quotes about this problem! Death is a theme that is highlighted in the Bible as the end to life. An example of this is found in the following passage:
The next part is the examination of ourselves. Let’s take time as our unit of measure. How do we spend our time? Is it with helping ourselves, our loved ones, others? How do we come across to others?
If someone had to write one sentence about you or me - encompassing all of my or your life so far - I wonder what would be written? Using Jesus as the perfect example, the majority of his life, from his youth up to his baptism, is summarised in one verse…
We too need to do likewise. There are various other examples of faithful people; Daniel (Book of Daniel), Simeon (Luke 2:25-26) and Anna (Luke 2:36-38) were righteous, devout people with their focus in dedicating their lives to service to the LORD. All of them were watching, waiting, praying, meditating and learning from scripture as they awaited the LORD to do His work.
Let’s think about the challenges and temptations we face in life.
Jesus overcame His temptations throughout his life including when he was in the wilderness. We are tasked with temptations in our lives and we must try our best to overcome them. What we need, is to be able to try to reduce, with the view of eliminating, anything wrong we do commit.
The wages of sin is death…
Our treatment plan is to not only go and preach (Mark 16:15) but to try our best following the 2 greatest commandments in our daily lives…
The follow up is our journey towards life eternal. We need regular check-ups - remembering the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We need to do the maintenance ourselves. We need to have the tools ourselves. A patient after a dental visit has the responsibility to manage their sugar intake and their tooth brushing frequency. We too need our maintenance throughout the week; this can be reading our Bibles and investing our time in God’s Word.
The time to examine ourselves is now. in the future we will not be able to do this. We will not be able to examine ourselves because we will be examined (judged) by Jesus.
The diagnosis will mean our life was either deemed good enough for a place in Jesus’ Kingdom or not. This will then lead to a treatment plan that is yes, good and faithful servant or no.
There will be no follow up or recall after this appointment!