Have you had your check-up?
When's the last time you had a check-up? Let me turn this into a spiritual health issue. When's the last time you examined your walk with God? How spiritually healthy are you?
Well, I did it. I finally had my first annual physical check-up. To be real honest it is nothing to brag about. At my age the first annual check should have been a few years earlier but, as they say, better late than never. Well actually you don't want to be too late. That's the whole point of having them, right? You want to stay ahead of any impending health problems before they sneak up on you and steal away any ability to live life to the fullest.
Health check-ups are a good thing. For me all the test results showed healthy numbers. Although I don't get how a low blood pressure (112/62) is normal? Nonetheless, the doctor was happy and that makes me happy.
Keep eating healthy and exercising and we'll see you next year, says the person in the lab coat.
Sounds good to me. Now if I could only find broccoli that tastes like chocolate.
In the Bible we see that Spiritual Health Check-Ups are part of the Christian life. Before we take Communion notice what the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:28:
28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
For some churches that's once a month, once every two months or every week. But if you are like me this examination needs to be done every day. Our hearts can get so distracted or deceived that we inch away from a healthy walk in Christ.
King David wrote many times in the psalms for God to check his heart. Notice what he writes here in Psalm 26:2
2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.
How could we ever have that green, luscious, fruitful and vibrant life without being healthy spiritually? We need a weekly or daily check-up that allows God to peer inside and speak to us. Let's do that today. Open your Bible to Psalm 139 and then pray to the Heavenly Father to open your eyes to the areas that need spiritual health. Read that psalm prayerfully and submissively to God. Make it personal. For every personal pronoun insert your name.
What is God telling you to do today?
I'd love to help you please contact me.
Tom McMichael has been the Senior Pastor of Gateway Community Church for over 15 years. Before that he was the Associate Pastor for 5 years.