Dentist appointments. Eye exams. Annual physicals. Though not particularly fun, they are helpful. We’re not talking anything earth-shattering or life-changing here; just routine evaluations to keep the body as healthy as possible. Many people don’t think twice about prioritizing their physical well-being in scheduling these checkups (while I haven’t been to a dentist in the last decade). These exams establish a baseline and make it easy to spot possible signs of danger early. But when was the last time you evaluated your spiritual health?
In case it’s been a while, or if this is a brand-new concept to you, here are some questions to journal through.
- Are you spending intentional time with Jesus daily?
- Are you preaching the gospel to yourself?
- Are you sharing the gospel with others around you?
- Are you serving faithfully and resting well?
- Are you regularly being held accountable?
- Are you growing in repentance?
- Are you being generous with your time, talents, and treasures?
- Are you loving your family well?
- Are you regularly engaging in church life?
- Are you growing in both courage and humility?
I appreciate having benchmarks to look for in different aspects of my life—I’ve never been a big fan of ambiguity. But coming from a girl who loves lists, it’s easy to turn this checkup into either a shame-inducing experience (if too many answers are no) or a pride-inducing experience (if too many answers are yes). Recognize your own tendency and guard against it. This tool is only a tool; it has zero bearing on how much God loves or approves of you as His kid. In a sense, every answer is yes in Jesus, so you’re covered. Because of this truth, we can take an honest look at where we are in reality and notice ground He would like to reclaim in and through us.
You might consider “scheduling” this evaluation once a year like a physical exam, maybe around your birthday or New Year or during a season that’s typically quiet for you.
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it is a nice place to start. And if you’re in a season of feeling stuck spiritually, use the tool as a nudge out of that rut. Jesus isn’t after people who naturally and easily check all ten boxes with flair—He’s after the broken, hurting, needy, hot messes who cry out to Him for help. So refuse to get bogged down in what you’re getting wrong. Likewise, turn your back on the urge to show off your shiny star chart filled with yeses. Invite Him and a trusted friend into where you are right now and ask what He might have next for you.
If we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, doesn’t it make sense that we keep those pieces of ourselves conditioned? It’s okay if you need a spiritual bootcamp to get into shape. Don’t let that trip you up. The Lord is for you in it and with you through it.
There’s only grace here, friends. Let’s be a heart-healthy people in crazy pursuit of our God.