"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." Acts 2:42
Are you feeling healthy today?
Last Week, we started our spiritual health check-up. If you didn’t get the chance to check it out, I encourage you to do so. You can look at it HERE.
There are three more points to summarize our brief inquiry. However, there are many more things to say about this topic.
I would LOVE it if you could just leave a sentence or two in the comments section below sharing one way that you stay spiritually healthy. That way we can all learn from each other!!
Here are the three remaining points:
1) How often are you involved in fellowship? I am a missionary currently displaced from the field that God has called me to. Do you know how much I crave fellowship with other missionaries? Just getting a fb message from a friend back in Uganda ignites my heart and encourages me. I met a couple at church a few weeks ago who are missionaries in Brazil. It didn’t matter that they were called to a different part of the world. They understand it, they get me! I practically ran to introduce myself and wished I had more time to fellowship with them. In the same way, all of us need to be with like-minded believers. We are surrounded by a world of people who don’t get us! We need the encouragement, and sometimes we need the rebuke and exhortation. And there’s something about corporate worship that cannot be compared to anything this side of Heaven.
2) How often do you share your faith? I love the quote from St. Francis of Assisi that reads: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.” Our lives should share our faith. Our love should impact those around us. Our concern for the lost and broken, the hurting and the hungry, the sick and the marginalized of our world should shout to those around us that they are loved. And when they ask us, our tongues should boldly share that it’s the love of Jesus flowing through us. It is His Spirit that reaches out to the hurting, His heart that breaks for the broken, His salvation that can rescue those who are so far gone.
3) How often do you examine yourself? It’s smart to get a yearly check-up at the doctor, to have your teeth cleaned by the dentist every six months, to check any health conditions with specialists as needed, and get whatever blood work is recommended. If you are on a diet or trying to lose weight, you will typically check your weight about once a week or so to monitor your progress. So, why wouldn’t we apply that same logic to our spiritual lives? God tells us to examine ourselves. We should get a check up, and regularly. Look over this list. Check in and see if there are any sins that you are holding onto. Any attitudes that are not God-honoring. Any bitterness in your heart. Any ways that you may be causing someone else to stumble. Check yourself, and allow the Holy Spirit to point out the things that need to go. Then, be courageous and surrender them to Him! We can do all things through His strength!
I would like to leave you with this encouragement that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy, a young man he discipled and raised up to be a pastor and minister. It is good advice for each one of us!
"Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourselfand to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you." 1 Timothy 4:13-16