Yesterday morning, I went for my sixth month dental appointment. I sat there having religious discussions, giving marital advice, and talking about child rearing while my mouth was wide open and Tracy was scraping my teeth.
I do not have a fear of dentist, nor do I have issues with someone working in my mouth. I try to listen to the advice my dentist and hygienist give. I remember one bit of advice the Dr. Buchanan, my child-hood dentist gave. "Scott, you need to brush and floss the teeth you want to keep." Do I need to mention that he was blunt if anything?
Preventative dental care. That is why I brush and floss regularly. That is why I visit my dentist twice a year. That is why I avoid habits that damage teeth. These examinations pay off in preventing future major issues.
To bring a spiritual application to this I point us to 2 Cor 13:5 where Paul instructs us to examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith.
What do you do to "examine yourself" spiritually? How can I know that I am "in the faith?"