Each year many of us will go through a physical check-up, a performance review at our workplace, perhaps do a financial checkup at year’s end or at tax time. I just had my annual physical which got me thinking, ‘how often do we take time to review our spiritual life?’
To detect health problems before they become serious, doctors recommend a routine physical exam. We can do the same for our spiritual health by asking a few questions rooted in the great commandment (Mark 12:30) Jesus referred to.
Today, I’m going to give you a simple way to give yourself a spiritual checkup. Don’t worry. This will not be another LONG list of MORE things you MUST do to prove to those judging Christians out there you are as ‘good’ as they are! It only requires two things.
It is completely covered in just a few lines Jesus spoke:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Those of us who are followers of Jesus, are called to grow in grace [think love]. As followers of Jesus, we are to live a life of love – love for God and love for our neighbor. Too often, in the busyness of our day-to-day lives, we let other priorities crowd out the two highest priorities Jesus gave us.
The following is to help you examine your life and to seek God’s help in areas where you sense He desires you to grow. And He will help. Indeed He is the only one who can do it; as we simply allow Him to move in our lives.
Do I love God with all my heart soul and mind?
How is my personal relationship with God?
Do I have a growing desire to spend more time with God?
Do I love God with all my heart because He first loved me? Which is stronger, my desire for earthly gain or the treasures that are mine in Christ?
Do I listen to God telling me who I am? Do I believe it?
Have I fully surrendered my life to Jesus?
Do I ask God to fill me each day with the Holy Spirit?
Are there areas I am holding back from God? Which ones? Why?
Am I actively serving God?
Am I volunteering?
Am I praying regularly for others?
Am I doing my job with excellence?
Am I reaching out to those around me?
Am I growing in my desire in caring for the poor?
Am I living in humility before God, my family, friends and co-workers?
Is there evidence of grace [love] growing in my life?
Do I thank God every day for his love, grace and mercy and saving me?
Am I seeing evidence of the following increasing in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?
Am I learning to see others the way Jesus sees them?
Am I treating others with the same love God has shown me?
Do I love my neighbor?
Am I loving my family as I should?
Am I managing my time in a way that reflects God’s priorities and honors my family relationships?What specific changes are needed?
Are there any outside influences that are harming my family relationships?If so, what will I do about them?
Am I forgiving others?
Is there anyone among my family, friends, neighbors or co-workers that I refuse to forgive?Do I fully trust that God has forgiven my sins?
Am I focusing part of my time and money to help the poor and disadvantaged?
Am I teaching my children about the importance of helping the poor?
Jesus says that if we love Him, we will grow in grace and love. Please remember, the best way to grow in our love for God and others is to want to and then allow God to move in your life. When we rely on anything other than love to change people, I am neglecting to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
You may have noticed I didn’t call this a checklist. Why do you suppose that is?