Regular Check-Ups

“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.” -II Corinthians 13:5 (MSG)

It is so easy to start drifting in life. Drifting from our purpose, drifting from God, drifting from good decisions, drifting from those we love, drifting from our goals, and drifting from the lives we expected to live. It happens to all of us.

So, how do we keep from drifting? We need to have regular check-ups in our lives. Times where we lay everything we’re doing, everything we’re pursuing, everyone we’re surrounding ourselves with on the table and ask ourselves, “Is this what I am supposed to be doing with my life?”

If we don’t take the time to evaluate our lives in light of God’s plan for our lives, we will become dull spiritually, miss God, and be miserable! It is critical that we have consistent check-ups to make sure we’re in line with the will of God.

I am going to ask you to spend some time with God this week. Ask yourself and God the following questions. Spend some time reflecting on every area of your life. Journal your thoughts. Be as honest as you can be. Here are the questions:

  • Am I drifting spiritually or am I fired up? If I am drifting, why?¬†
  • Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing in every area of my life?
  • When did God tell me to do what I’m doing (evaluate everything)?
  • Do I have any sin in my life that needs dealt with?
  • Am I where I am supposed to be?
  • Is my life focused on God first? Or does work, family, ministry, finances, etc. come first?
  • Am I hanging around people that helping me become everything God called me to become?
  • After you’ve answered all of those questions, ask yourself: What am I going to do about it?

I’m sure as you answered some of these questions, you recognized that you have some work to do.My encouragement now is the same as in the verse we started this post with: do something about it.

After your check-up, spend some time with God repenting and re-prioritizing.

Make the changes you need to make.

Then schedule your next check-up. I recommend  a check-up every 1-3 months.

If you’ll have regular check-ups, I think you’ll find yourself drifting less and less and achieving more and more!






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