A Searching Examination
2 Timothy 1:9-11

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Searching is more than just casually looking around; it implies an intense desire to discover what we're looking for. What could motivate us to make a searching moral inventory, especially since we know we'll be uncovering our inadequacies?

God is not looking for people good enough to deserve his love. Instead, God wants to find people who will identify their inadequacies as a place for his love and kindness to fit into their lives. If this is true, why shouldn't we be enthusiastic about searching, even for our failures? Every deficiency, every need, every shortcoming can make room for the love of God to be displayed prominently in our lives. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, saying, "God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time-to show us his grace through Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 1:9).

If we approach our inventory with the intention of looking for places in our lives where God's mercy and love have the chance to make up for our failings, we can be enthusiastic about both the good and bad that we find there. Jude tells us, "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life" (Jude 1:21, NKJV, emphasis added). Knowing that God is looking for places to display his love in our lives, we can make an intense, yet fearless, search.

Our fearless internal search brings to light areas of our lives desperate for God's love and mercy.