Updated and reprinted from Daily Service 1 and 5
What method of comparison stick do you use when examining yourself? To put this another way: you should examine yourself, your words, your motives, and even your feelings. To do that you need a standard, a measuring stick for lack of a better reference.
Philippians 3:17-21 (NKJV) Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame–who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (AMP) PATTERN YOURSELVES after me [follow my example], as I imitate and follow Christ (the Messiah).
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (AMP) To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you, So that you may bear yourselves becomingly and be correct and honorable and command the respect of the outside world, being dependent on nobody [self-supporting] and having need of nothing.