Passover (A Time for Self-Evaluation)
As we find ourselves in the Pasach Season once again, many of us expect trials to mount in intensity or number in the next few weeks. Each year Satan seems to apply pressures and stresses to rush us through the Holy Days without our taking the time to consider the wonderful benefits this season brings. Prior to the Days of Unleavened Bread, we examine all of the labels on the food items we purchase to make sure we do not bring leaven, a type of sin, into our homes. The process of finding and putting out the leavening out of our homes is a type of examination in of itself. Is it ironic that many people do spring cleaning during this time as well? Not really when you consider that it is during this time in which our Heavenly Father wants us to examine ourselves as well.
In 2corinthians 13:5 Paul encourages us to make sure that we examine ourselves to ensure that we are worthy to partake of the Passover and to verify that we are in the faith.
What is Yahweh asking us to do in examining ourselves?
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of Yahshua in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of Yahshua. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.1Cor 11:27-28
“Examine” (dokimazo) means to prove, to test, to determine if metal is pure. It connotes approval rather than condemnation. Our self-evaluation is an honest inspection to see if we are progressing as Yahweh expects us to. He wants us to see what the attitude of our heart is! Yahweh wants us to make an honest evaluation of our progress over the past year; He wants us to face our true nature to ensure that we are walking in His Ways.
He wants us to worship Him in Spirit and truth (John 4:24). He wants us to be honest in our evaluation. Although this examination does not exclude things that have occurred to us in the past, the focus of this examination should really be about how we are relating to Him and to our Savior. In other words, our examination should center on whether or not we are being obedient to His Word. Are we keeping His Commandments and do we have a good relationship with Him?
It is not enough to identify the things that we need to fix: we must also CHANGE them. The fact is that we all have something that we can change or something that we can do better to get closer to Him. Is there something on this list that you can identify with?
Do we read the Bible enough?
Do we pray enough?
Do we fall asleep during prayer?
Does our mind wonder when we pray?
Am I becoming complacent with His Commandments?
Do I do things on Sabbath that I know I should not be doing?
Do I reflect the Fruit of the Spirit?
The list goes on and on….
Once we have identified our weaknesses, it is important that we take the time to change them. We begin by asking for forgiveness and we make and follow a plan of action so that we can change our weaknesses.
Let us take the time to examine ourselves and let’s make an effective, stable, and long lasting action plan. And let us rejoice and praise our Heavenly Father for the Gift He has given us. Yahshua the Messiah our Savior and Redeemer!