Resolutions for the Soul
When we talk about New Year’s resolutions there is a tendency to “bite off more than we can chew”, sometimes literally and frequently, and we end up destined for failure. The same thing can be said when we want to gain territory for the Lord in our spiritual lives. Spiritually speaking, there are many aspects of spiritual growth that cannot be measured, but it is helpful to pause occasionally and see where the Holy Spirit is working in our words, actions and reactions. Here are a few basic questions to ask ourselves or have a trusted, mature believer come along side us to ask. Adapted from a 1993 Leadership Journal article by Fred Smith, here are twelve questions to help get your spiritual accounts in order.
1. Who am I becoming? Am I content with that?
2. Am I becoming less religious and more spiritual? Do I know the difference?
3. Am I spiritually authentic and consistent in all facets of life?
4. Do I have a flow-through experience? Am I more a reservoir or a channel?
5. Do I have a quiet center to my life?
6. Have I defined my unique ministry?
7. Is my prayer life improving?
8. Have I maintained a genuine awe of God?
9. Is my humility genuine?
10. Do I have the right spiritual diet?
11. Is obedience in small matters automatic?
13. Do I have joy?
As the apostle Paul so aptly puts it, “And this is my prayer: That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10 NIV)
Our prayer for you is that 2015 will be a Year of More for your soul. We pray that you will grow deeper spiritually, that you will talk more often with your God, that you will walk more closely with Jesus and that you will share your blessings and your faith with those you encounter.