Pastor Idleman drills down on us to take honesty seriously–honesty with self.
In Chapter 5 he ask that we do a simple exercise.
Go to the bathroom, look yourself squarely in the mirror and say out loud some tough questions.
Do you spend more time this week on Facebook than in prayer? When was the last time you told someone that you loved them? How have you helped someone this last month? When was the last time you said to someone, “I was wrong. Please forgive me”? What’s on your DVD or on your computer’s history [that you would be ashamed of]? When was the last time you prayed with your spouse? your children? Can you name one missionary you pray for? What sin have you confessed to God or someone else? When was the last time you sat with an open Bible? Did you spend more time eating out this month than advancing the kingdom of God? When was the last time you cried over your sin? Who besides God knows about your secret sin?
After the list of questions, we turn to the next page and Idleman admonishes us in his words at the top of the next page. “So let me guess…You did not take the time to do the exercise.”
From another context altogether; from the movie “A Few Good Men” starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. I remember the courtroom scene when Nicholson shouts out “YOU CAN’T STAND THE TRUTH ! ”
That’s it, isn’t it. To do the exercise is to deal with our honest replies to the answers. The responses of no, never, rarely and yes I spend more time on Facebook than in prayer.
Why go to the bathroom and ask the questions face-to-face in the mirror? We want to grow in our Christian lives. We don’t want to stay stuck where we are today. We want to grow closer to our Lord and Savior.
We may not want to deal with our answers but God already knows the answers. Hebrews 4:13 “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Take the time.