By Bill Peters
My personal resolve is to increasingly know Christ better and to learn to walk in His ways more consistently and completely. This drives me to the Bible in the morning where I can discover who He is and how He lived when He was here on earth. So, when it comes to a daily inventory, why should I expend the effort? What is the good I gain from it?
There are two reasons this morning that I seek to do a daily inventory – one is to maintain my humility and secondly to keep issues from piling up on my life.
First Corinthians 10:12 tells me to be careful not to fall: “Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” A daily inventory keeps me humble before the Lord. It reminds me that I need His grace active in my life to keep me walking in His ways. I have no personal strength to be able to maintain obedience on my own.
In Acts 24:16 the apostle Paul testified that he worked to maintain a blameless conscience: “In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.” Paul was testifying in his own behalf in a court of law where he was being falsely accused. He said that He was a believer in Christ and a follower of His way, and that everyone who knew him knew that. Therefore, he did his best to maintain a blameless conscience. In other words, he did his best to live in such a way that no one would be able to bring a just case against him. That’s the way I want to live too, and that’s why I maintain a daily inventory. I don’t want things to pile up against me!