I got this from one of my favorite blogs Do Not Be Surprised.
This is something we all need to do from time to time, take spiritual inventory and check ourselves with the word of God. I talk an awful lot about checking out pastor’s and teaching and doctrines to make sure they line up but from time to time I need to also check myself. I don’t want to do anything displeasing to God and I surely don’t want to do anything to make someone else stumble. Lord Jesus lead me in the way of everlasting, I surely can’t make it one step without you, nor would I want to!
The following is the June 16 entry from John MacArthur’s daily devotional Drawing Near. You can follow the devotional daily here at Grace to You. It does update everyday and you cannot read the previous day’s entry, so be sure to keep up!
TAKING SPIRITUAL INVENTORY
“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father . . . to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27).
Keeping yourself unstained by the world is an important test of your spiritual condition. The apostle John said, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). At first glance that might sound contradictory since God Himself so loved the world that He gave His Son to die for it (John 3:16). But John 3:16 refers to the inhabited earth–the people for whom Christ died. First John 2:15 refers to the evil world system in which we live, which includes the life-styles, philosophies, morality, and ethics of our sinful culture. That world and everything it produces is passing away (1 John 2:16-17).
James 4:4 says, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Those are strong words but compromise is intolerable to God. You can’t be His friend and a friend of the world at the same time!
Separation from the world is the final element of true religion mentioned in James chapter one. Before progressing to chapter two, take a final spiritual inventory based on the checklist provided in verses 26-27: (1) Do you control your tongue? Review the quality of your conversation often. What does it reveal about the condition of your heart? Are there speech habits you need to change? (2) Do you demonstrate love for others? Do you have a sincere desire to help those in need? When you do help, are your motives pure, or are you simply trying to sooth your conscience or make others think more highly of you? (3) Do you remain unstained by the world? What is your attitude toward the world? Do you want to win it for Christ and remain unstained by its evil influences, or do you want to get as much out of it as you possibly can?