“Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 MSG
“When God elects and calls, it is to obedience and holiness, and these fruits… faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love… confirm their divine source. Those who in this way give evidence of their faith will never cease to persevere.”
“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8
We cannot become complacent in our faith. We must regularly examine our own hearts and lives, not only for the evidence of these fruits that give evidence to our faith but also for evidence that they are present in ‘increasing measure’. We do not want only our knowledge of God to grow because knowledge in and of itself is unproductive and ineffective. Our love and godliness and self-control and kindness and faith should all be growing along with our knowledge as the knowledge roots in our hearts and souls and bleeding out in our behaviors. You and those around you should be able to see the changes Christ is making in you as you walk together and grow closer. Look for the evidence in yourself, can you see it? If you cannot, neither can the world around you.