Here are some questions that we as believers should be asking ourselves. Do we really know our Creator- do we have a true relationship with Christ?
1.Is your life marked by worship? 2 Kings 17:38-39; 1 Chronicles 16: 23-31
2. Is that worship marked by the spirit? The true believers' life will be marked by worship. Psalm 29: 1-11; Isaiah 29:13
3. Do you really have the desire to worship God? Where you want to fall on your knees and worship God? If that is absent from your life, then what do you have? Is your joy in Christ- or is it simply a routine/ obligation?
"I'm amazed that so many people in the church today want to go to heaven.Because heaven is only about God- the will of God- and worship of God. And yet in the church those three things are so often not even practiced- people will do everything in their power to avoid it."- Paul Washer
4. Who are you imitating? God or this world? Who do you listen too? Who do you dress like? Who do you portray in your actions? Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1
5. Who do you glory and boast in? Do you glory in your own achievements (testing success, won softball games, or is your only boast in the Lord?) Jeremiah 9:24; Galations 6:14
6. Who are your sweetest moments with? What are the best times of your day? EGW says "Of whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and best energies? If we are of Christ, our sweetest thoughts are of Him."
7. If heaven just had God there and no riches, no beauty, no animals, no food, and some sacrifice would you still want to go?
"What part of your doctrine and what part of your life should be exported and what should be quarantined?"
8. What is your motivation for another day of life/ for living? Romans 15:4-8
** based off of Paul Washers sermon to college students: Do you truly know the Lord? (can be found on you tube)
I know for me, walking with God, is alot harder now that I'm back in college then it was in Peru. In Peru, I had abundant time for Bible study and prayer, fellowship with other believers, and service. But here I feel a constant fight for my time and focus- school work, exercise, friends, Jesus. I also find that it can be so easy to lose the meaning of worship- sometimes by dressing up and trying to look nice for a vespers or worship credit- or maybe just the atmosphere not being reverent enough, or my own thoughts being distracted by stresses or a long "to-do" list. But God is faithful.
We must constantly call out to Christ and re-surrender our lives to Him. He knows our sins, faults, and selfishness- yet He will never give up on us. He promises to finish the work He has started in us and He wants to remake our hearts and write in them His words and promises. Oh how He loves us- thus let us love Him- not just with our words, or occasional thoughts- but in everything we do- whether we are alone or in a crowd. Lord Jesus, may you come into to us and teach us how to know you better.