It’s Time for a Spiritual Assessment
The holiday season has come to a close once again and with it, the end of another year. It is an opportunity to take some time to reflect upon our accomplishments and our failures. It is a perfect time for reflection and assessment.
At this time of year in the retail industry, retailers are busy assessing sales volumes; profit and losses; looking at their overall financial standing; and taking stock of their inventories. Inventory assessment is critical to the success of any retailer. Through this assessment, they may find that they have an overabundance of items that need to be purged from their inventory while other items should be stocked in its place. This is a time for us to ask ourselves, “Of what does my life consists? What do I need to get rid of? What do I need to replenish? What is profitable or not? What is enhancing my life and what is depleting my life?” I want to encourage you to take some time for a spiritual assessment today and in the next days to come.
This assessment can be accomplished without harsh judgment by simply allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Let Him prompt you. Each day we live, we should be striving to be the best version of ourselves which truthfully, we cannot do without the help of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because He is the Spirit of Truth. It is His job to help you accurately assess the status of your life. Let’s look at what the Apostle Paul encourages us to do.
2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV - 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you…?
Does your life reflect the tenets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you living what you say you believe? In today’s society, people are living their own version of Christianity. I might add that a lot of what they are living has no Biblical basis. But we know that God’s Word is the standard for everyone who professes to know Jesus Christ. Anything not aligned with that standard is false – it is error. As followers of Jesus Christ, we also have an inner witness of Truth, which is the Holy Ghost.
The Apostle Paul goes on to say that followers of Jesus Christ should be fruitful. Not only should you be holding fast to your faith by living God’s Word, you should also be fruitful. In Matthew 7, Jesus spoke about a good tree. Good trees are fruitful producing good fruit. A bad tree may also produce, but it won’t be good fruit. And when the fruit is not good, He says that it is good for nothing and should be destroyed. So, I ask you this morning, what fruit are you producing?
In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul openly admitted that although he may not have achieved his goal, he continued to press toward it because he knew God called him for a specific purpose. Like him, we are on a journey and we have a goal. On this journey we need to be continually assessing where we are, what we have, what we need, and what we need to get rid of.
Today I am encouraging you to take a spiritual assessment. You might not like all you see, but the good thing is you can do something about it as long as you have breath in your body and you have the Lord, Jesus, on your side.