Every six months I get a routine checkup from my doctor. She checks my A1C, my cholesterol, vitamin D levels, my blood pressure. She listens to my heart and takes a look at my ears and my throat. We discuss any problems I might have.
I keep these appointments faithfully not because I am sick but because I want to make sure I remain healthy. By seeing her on a regular basis and discussing my health if something does go wrong, we can catch it before it is a serious threat to my life.
As a follower of Christ, I think it is good that I also do a routine checkup on my spiritual life.
Some questions I ask myself:
- Am I sharing the good news of Jesus or just sharing my own ideas? Do I study God’s Word so I know what it says or do I just pass on what someone else says without bothering to check God’s Word for the truth?
- Am I making those in my cirlce a matter of intense prayer. What am I doing to reach beyond my own circle? Am I praying for other groups of people, other nations or only “my four and no more”?
- Am really living in agreement with what I say I believe? Do I “walk the walk” or only “talk the talk”?
- An old song I used to hear goes through my mind when I ask these questions. That song said:
If I were arrested for being a Christian, would there by any evidence to convict me?
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did….1 John 2:6