SPIRITUAL EVALUATION (2) Friday, 24 April 2015
“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 (MSG)
Yesterday I challenged you to take stock of your life. I feel constrained to lay more emphasis today. Let’s look at the Amplified versions of that scripture: “Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you-unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected.” Did you see that? Those two versions drive home the point that you need to give yourself regular check-ups.
Like every conscientious businessman, every child of God has the duty to regularly take stock in spiritual matters. The essence is to know how you fare. Know where you missed it so you can get it right or where you got it right so that you can consolidate. Just the same way you go to the doctor, sit down with God, take a notebook or create a folder in your tablet or even phone, put down all that God says to you. Be objective! Rate yourself! Identify the areas you have missed it but don’t condemn yourself. See what The Message translation says, “if you fail the test, do something about it”. What you plan to do about it is your action plan. Draw up an action plan.
To help you further, you can choose an accountability partner: someone who will hold you accountable to your commitment and will also help you stay with it till you fulfill it. Someone you are willing to listen to and open up to. Share your dreams with the person and always report back to the person. Take a quality decision to be involved in the church. Don’t just warm the seat, don’t be a ‘comer’ and a ‘goer’. Roll up your sleeves and let us do ministry together. Be a consistent tither. Don’t just give something to ‘tip’ God. Be faithful in your tithing. Be a giver. Give of your time and resources. Take ownership of your church. Be passionate about your church. Be ready to attend every service, particularly the midweek services. As you do, the Lord will increase you and perfect you.
Further reading: Isaiah 35:3-4, Job 4:3-4 Daily Bible reading: Morning-2 Samuel 19-20, Evening-Luke 18:1-23