Spiritual Evaluation

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

 Donald S. Whitney

1.  Do you thirst for God?

     Everyone thirsts for God - from an empty soul, a dry soul, or a satisfied soul.  God creates the thirst so he can supply it.  The more we thirst, the more satisfied we’ll be.

2.  Are you governed increasingly by God’s Word?

     The heroes of the faith loved the Scripture.  Their actions were dictated and informed by their knowledge and commitment to God’s laws and the testimony of the Word.

3.  Are you more loving?

     Being like Jesus is to love others well (believers, family, and the lost).  This love is defined and delineated not by sentiment but by the sacrificial love of Christ for us all.

4.  Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?

     Awareness of God’s nearness keeps us alert and focused on him.  Be it in a time of prayer, worship, preaching, in nature, or other experience, this must be cultivated.

5.  Do you have a growing concern for the temporal and spiritual needs of others?

     Meeting needs is the way of Jesus.  Both in preaching the Gospel and meeting physical needs, followers of Jesus display concern for others as much as themselves.

6.  Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?

     Do you take pleasure in the one whom Christ takes pleasure in?  Both the collective Church, and those who make her up, are the delight of God and should be ours also.

7.  Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?

     The disciplines are designed to help us encounter God and be transformed in his presence, sustaining our spiritual fire.  These actions must be practiced routinely.

8.  Do you still grieve over sin?

     The more like Jesus you become and the closer to him you are, the more you will have his attitude about sin.  A growing person hates his sin more and grieves over it.

9.  Are you quicker to extend forgiveness?

     An inability to forgive betrays a lack of understanding regarding our own forgiveness.  To truly know the grace of God is to extend grace, in increasing measure, to others.

10.  Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

     We’re on a pilgrimage, and it is right to yearn for its fulfillment.  The desire to reach the end empowers our journey.  It’s not about rest; we long to be connected to Jesus.

 

 

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