The self inventory test looks at the passions and desires of your heart as well as your deeds in order to determine if you are a Christian. They are marks which indicate you are spiritually alive and going to heaven. Are these questions true of you?
True or False…
I believe that Jesus Christ is God.
Jesus stated in John 8:24, 58-59 that unless we believe He is the great I AM – Jehovah himself, we will die in our sin. The New Living Translation has the correct reading from the Greek. 1 John 4:1-2; 5:5 and 5:20 echo that truth. 1 John 4:1-2 states we must believe that Jesus was God in human flesh. Anyone who says anything different is a false teacher.
I believe that I am a sinner.
Romans 3:23 tells us that everyone of us is a sinner, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
1 John 1:8 says that we are liars if we do not believe we sin. This is an important truth since Jesus told His disciples a parable in Luke 18:9-14 in which two men were praying. The first man thought he was a good man; but the second one pleaded with God saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Jesus said that the second one was forgiven.
I am trusting God to forgive my sins and take me to heaven.
John 3:16 says that we must believe in Christ in order to have our sins forgiven. The verse states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 1:12 adds, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name . . .” This last statement reveals that each one of us must “receive, take or choose” Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That includes believing who He claimed to be. Have you ever asked Him to forgive your sins?
I love Jesus.
1 Corinthians 16:22 says, “If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha.” The Greek word for love is phileo and it implies a friendship type of love.
1 Peter 1:8 reveals that love for Christ will be present.
Jesus is my Lord or Master.
Do you consider Jesus to be the master of your life? Romans 8:9 reveals that a true Christian will have the Holy Spirit living within him/her. Galatians 5:25 says that same thing. Then how can a person know if the Holy Spirit is living within? God says in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that one who says, “Jesus is Lord” has the Holy Spirit living within. Do you truly strive to please Him in everything you do?
I grieve my sins.
1 John 1:8 says that anyone who says that they do not sin is a liar, and Romans 7:14-25 reveals that the followers of God grieve their sins. Are you sorrowful when you sin? If so, it is evidence that the Holy Spirit is living within you.
I strive to obey the Bible.
Listen to these words from 1 John 2:3-4, ” . . . we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I . . . know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar . . .” Another sign that a person is a follower of God is that they obey what God commands in the Bible.
I hate this evil world.
1 John 2:15-16 says, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (NASB). This passage simply says that if you love the things in this world or if you want to stay here, then you do not belong to God. This is another indicator of your true self.
I am sinning less and less.
1 John 3:4-6 states anyone who practices sin does not belong to God. That is, if you belong to God, you will be committing fewer sins as you continue living. Listen to 1 John 3:10 which says, “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God . . . ” Another very important statement is found in Romans 8:13-14. Here we are told that the proof the Holy Spirit is living within a person is that they are “putting to death the deeds of the body.”
Note – The deeds of the body are sins (Galatians 5:19-21) and Romans 8:9 states that the Holy Spirit will live within a Christian.
The fruit of the Spirit is increasing in my life.
Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . .” (NASB). If the Holy Spirit is living within you, then this fruit should be becoming more obvious in you.
I want to be with other believers.
1 John 4:7-8 tells us that one who truly belongs to God loves others and I John 2:19 says that those who do not belong to God eventually leave. Together these two verses imply that a true follower of Jesus wants to be with believers. If you say that you want to be with other believers, then do you attend church and spend time with them?
I want to help other people, especially the poor.
In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us that at the end of this age God will sit as a king and judge each one of us. He will put some of us on His right side and some on His left. Those on the right side will go to heaven and the others will go to the Lake of Fire. Then he will show us why that decision was made. Our deeds will be the proof of our true character. He will reveal how we either helped or did not help others, including the poor.
I experience answered prayers.
1 John 3:22 says that a follower of God has their prayers answered because they please Him. If you find that all of your prayers are not answered, then you either do not belong to Him or you are not pleasing Him.
I understand the Bible.
1 Cor. 2:12-14 states that only one who belongs to God can understand the spiritual truth of the Bible. Do you?
How many of these characteristics describe you? Since spiritual growth is the result of the Holy Spirit changing a Christian over time, the answer depends upon long you have been a Christian, if you are a Christian. If you think you have been a Christian for a long time, but you find very few of these characteristics to be true of you, then you should be concerned that you may not have eternal life.