In each of the previous two years (2014 and 2015), I’ve offered a six-month spiritual checkup for believers. This coming Sunday marks the halfway point of 2016, so it’s a good time for this year’s check up and goal-setting for the rest of the year. Maybe you can use these questions to guide your check up:
- What truths have you learned about God during the first half of 2016? If you can’t state them, you either haven’t spent enough time with God or you haven’t thought regularly enough about this question.
- How many non-believers now know the gospel because of your personal evangelism this year? If you’re a pastor, answer this question first without including evangelism you do from the pulpit.
- Are any sins present in your life in January still haunting you in June? Unless we take intentional steps toward repentance and accountability, we remain stagnant in our spiritual growth.
- On a scale of 1-10 (with “1” the weakest and “10” the strongest), how’s your time talking with God? More specifically, evaluate whether your prayer life has grown this year.
- Who knows God more intimately today because of your personal investment this year? Both Jesus and Paul made disciples by direct and intentional involvement in others’ lives. We need to do the same.
- Would your spouse and children say you are walking closer to God or farther from Him today? Our wicked heart can skew our own assessment of this question. Your family’s opinion is often more accurate, even though it might be painful.
- Can you say about your church the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:24, “My love to all of you in Christ Jesus”? If you don’t love your church – even if they’re as messy as the church in Corinth – the rest of the year will be tougher than it needs to be.
- Who is that unlovable person you need to love supernaturally? Most of us have somebody who meets that qualification – and who needs us to press beyond our frustrations for the sake of grace and the gospel.
- What international non-Christian people group or location is breaking your heart today? If your answer is “none,” you need to let the Great Commission challenge you more the rest of this year.
- What God-sized challenge are you tackling? Be honest: can you do most or all that you’re doing in your own strength? If so, ask God to stretch you beyond your abilities for the rest of this year.
Let us know how we might pray for you as you do your own check up and set new goals for the remainder of 2016.