Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. 2 Corinthians 13:5-7 (TM)
A woman was mad at her husband. "You never say ‘I love you,’" she complained.
"Look," responded the husband, "I told you ‘I love you’ on the day I married you. If it changes, I’ll let you know."
That kind of logic would not go over well with my wife, and it shouldn’t. Marriage is a relationship, not an event. A healthy relationship requires constant check ups and routine maintenance. It’s true of marriage, and it’s true of my relationship with God, too.
I’ve talked to many people for whom faith is centered on an event. I was baptized as a baby, so I must be okay with God. I was confirmed when I was 13 by my local church, so I must be okay with God. I’m a member of my church, so I must be okay with God. I prayed a prayer when I was a kid, so I must be okay with God.
In other words, "Hey God, I said ‘I believe’ the day I joined the church. If it changes, I’ll let you know."
I don’t think God appreciates that logic any better than the wife in my initial anecdote. If I am to have a healthy relationship with God, then I need to check in. I must be an active participant. I should constantly be asking myself what I can and must do to improve the relationship.