Read: Colossians 3:1-14
Doctors normally recommend routine physical examinations to detect health problems before they become serious. The same can be done for our spiritual health by asking ourselves a few questions. These questions are in fact based on what Jesus told in Mark 12:30 regarding the first commandment which says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
Do I love God with all my heart because He first loved me? Which is stronger, my desire for earthly gain or the treasures that are mine in Christ? (Col. 3:1). His desire is that His peace should rule our hearts.
Do I love God with all my soul? Do I listen to God on a daily basis? Am I moving away from self-centredness? (Col. 3:5). Am I more compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient? (Col. 3:12).
Do I love God with all my mind? Do I give importance to my relationship with Jesus or do I let my mind wander wherever it wants to go? (Col. 3:2). Do my thoughts lead to forgiveness or revenge? To unity or division? (Col. 3:13).
Do I love God with all my strength? Am I willing to be seen as weak so that God can show His strength on my behalf? (Col. 3:17). Am I relying on His grace and power of the Holy Spirit to stand firm?
As we allow “the word of Christ [to] dwell in [us] richly in all wisdom” (Col. 3:16), He will equip us to build each other up as we become productive and useful in His hands for His glory. To stay fit spiritually, we have to feed on God’s Word daily and exercise our faith in Him.