By Thomas Robinson
If you consider yourself a healthy individual, you probably have no plan to visit the doctor any time soon. In fact, the only time you ever make plans to visit the doctor is for the required annual comprehensive medical check-up. There may be times when there is some pain or discomfort in your body, which just doesn’t want to go away. But, for the most part, you are blessed with the luxury to consider yourself healthy.
And while you may have the luxury to put off a medical check-up, especially if youth is on your side, when it comes to your spiritual well-being, you have no such luxury.
The Bible unequivocally declares that without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you are spiritually unhealthy and actually are dead in your sins (Romans 6:23).
Yes, I know that it is not popular to talk about sin these days, but I must. Let’s say that you visit the doctor, he runs some tests and X-rays and comes back with a diagnosis of an abnormal growth. The first thing that you want to know is how fast you can have it removed. You don’t want to live a second longer with something that is going to ruin your life.
And it is the same with our spiritual health. God looks at our hearts, evaluates our lifestyles and assesses our vices. He makes a diagnosis and then tells us — if we’ll listen.
I’ve designed the following questions to serve as a sample spiritual check-up to get every one of us into a spiritually healthy condition:
First, do you long for God as a deer longs for streams of water (Psalm 42:1-2)?
Second, do you seek to grow in your faith through prayer and Bible reading on a daily basis (Acts 6:4)?
Third, do you long to serve others in love (Galatians 5:13)?
Finally, do you long to meet with other believers for worship and encouragement (Hebrews 10:25)?
At some point, we all need a checkup. We may be able to skirt on that eye exam or having our blood drawn, but a spiritual check-up is one we should be having on a regular basis. We may be way overdue for a hearing exam but if we’ll just listen, God will speak clearly.
(Editor’s note: Robinson is the 554th Engineer Battalion chaplain.)