Time For A Spiritual Checkup (excerpt)
At the beginning of a new year, people often make a list of the things they want to accomplish for the year ahead. Some of these things are goals and others are tasks. One of my goals for 2018 is to focus on being the healthiest me I can be. However, I need to know where I am as I start so I’ll know if I’m making progress toward that goal. The best way to get a baseline is to get a checkup. So, as it is in the natural realm, so it is in the spiritual realm.
When getting a checkup, these are important factors that should be assessed/evaluated:
1. Daily Intake – how’s your diet? Remember the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, that holds true in the spirit realm as well. Deuteronomy 8:3 NLT; Psalm 1:2-3 ISV; Colossians 3:16 RSV
2. Weight Maintenance – what are you carrying around that you need to strip off? Hebrews 12: 1-2 ISV; Galatians 5:24 NLT;
3. Activity Level – What is your level of activity and involvement? Are you committed to it? 1 Corinthians 15:58 ISV
4. Regular Elimination – You take in a lot of things during the course of a day, but all of it isn’t good and you should be eliminating the junk regularly. 2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT
5. Lab Results – the testing of your blood is the best indicator that all your vital organs are functioning properly. Are you within acceptable range? Lev 17:10-12 NIV; 1 John 1:7 NLT
6. Reproductive System – Are your reproductive organs working? God’s people should be highly reproductive. John15:4 NLT; Matt 28:19-20 AMPC
7. Blood Pressure Maintenance and Hormone levels – How much peace is in your life? Is your spirit well-balanced? Isaiah 26:3 NLT; Colossians 3:15 NLT; Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
8. Heart Health – what are you doing to protect it? Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Just as unattended wounds and undiagnosed illnesses threaten our physical health, weak areas of our spiritual life can have detrimental effects on our faith and spiritual growth. But know this, you don’t have to be sick to get better. So, it’s time for a spiritual checkup. Your health depends on what you do, and not simply what you know.