What was your New Years Resolution? To lose weight? To eat better? To study God’s Word and pray more? To be kinder? There are thousands of people who make them but do they keep those resolutions past a week?
Many renew their gym memberships with every intention of going at least 3 times a week. That lasts a month or two. Schedules get crowded. The demands of life change. Sicknesses come. Accidents happen and then bam; exercise is the first thing to go.
The same is true of our spiritual lives. We promise God; we are going to be more consistent with our quiet time. We resolve to spend more time in prayer. One area of life robs us of our time spent with God. It’s the first to go because after all; who will know? You and God will know.
My husband and I spent New Years Eve with our long time friends Bonnie and Linwood Perry. We absolutely love visiting with them. If we are there on a Saturday night; we are blessed to go hear their son Neil preach on Sunday morning, at Element Church in Forest City, NC.
I want to share with you a scale upon which Neil asked us to grade ourselves from 1-5. 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest grade. Neil made it clear; these were not questions for the purpose of condemnation but for examination. Heart and soul searching type of questions. We need to repent and move forward.
In the last year…
- Have you employed the daily discipline of prayer and Bible reading? Would you give yourself a 1,2,3,4 or 5?
- Do you worship daily in the presence of God?
- To what degree have you grown closer to Jesus in the last year? Rarely or regularly?
- In recent months how often have you taken active steps to love your neighbor as yourself? Do you consider them an interruption or extend to them an invitation?
- In recent months; how often have you initiated conversations about God with others? (rarely or regularly?)
In doing all these; have you lost your first love? Remember these are not meant to condemn yourself, but to examine yourself for the purpose of change. Neil said, “Remember but do not remain in the same pattern. Don’t settle and be satisfied. Here’s the key; “Don’t miss what’s before you because you are looking at what’s behind you. Move forward! Celebrate what God wants to do in your life in this New Year.
If you are not growing spiritually; You are dying.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus I pray that I will grow spiritually on a daily basis. Lord I remember and repent of my lack of worship and not loving my neighbor as myself. I want to celebrate life in Christ and be filled with the joy of the Lord. I love you Lord Jesus. It’s in Your Name I pray. Amen