Words from the Heart for Saturday November 19th, 2016

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.

Galatians 6:4 (NIV)

Testing Our Actions

We love to compare ourselves to other people and end up acting self-righteously when we seem to be in better standing than another. But because each person’s motives are not always clear, we ought to examine our own actions before God. Have you done your best? Have you worked hard to be full of integrity? Thank God for the areas where He has helped you.

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Devotion

The Canadian citizenship test is the final step in becoming a Canadian citizen. In order to apply to take the citizenship test a number of steps must be taken. The applicant must be at least 18 years old. They must have permanent resident status in Canada, have no unfulfilled conditions related to that status, and their status must not be in question. They must have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,460 days during the six years immediately before the date of the application. They must also be physically present for at least 183 days during each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before the date of application. They must have met their personal income tax filing obligations.

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There is always a temptation to compare ourselves with others. We grow up facing sibling rivalry and someone in our class who is smarter than us or who gets better marks. Good teachers counsel us to not compare ourselves with others, but to simply do our best. Whether they recognize it or not, that counsel comes from the Bible. Galatians 6:4 says “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” The only standard by which we are to measure ourselves is God’s Word. It is the perfect standard. We are called to test our actions against the commands and counsel of the Bible. It is why spending time regularly in God’s word is so important. It is only as we know the standard that we can measure ourselves effectively. It makes sense since the Lord is the only one who is perfect and so He alone can set the standard for our lives. Once we know the standard then we are called to test our actions. Sometimes that will be painful. We will see clearly how far short we have fallen from God’s high standards. This will spur us on to allow the Holy Spirit to perfect us. And in areas where we find we are doing well, we can rejoice in the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in us. Take time to test your actions, and ask the Lord to help you grow where needed.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley