Are You Noticeably Different?
David Kinnaman, in his book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters, discovered that 84 percent of you non-Christians say they know a Christian personally, yet only 15 percent say the lifestyles of those Christians are noticeably different in a good way. That does not say good things about how closely we are following Jesus, does it?
Some misunderstand Jesus’ words in Luke 9:23 about His followers denying themselves and carrying their crosses. Your cross is problems you face and suffering you endure because you are a Christian.
If you are a Christian, you dare not settle for less than following Jesus ever more closely. You can take a giant step in that direction by taking a five-minute Spiritual Health Assessment. One person who took it said, “I found the inventory to be a great reality check of where my heart is rather than just a checklist of something to do. I tend to score myself tough…. I’m concerned about my score (1.44 average) which I interpret to mean that I need to focus more on Christ and where my heart is….”
Honesty is essential. You can lie to yourself for a higher score, but self-deception does not benefit you, God, or anyone else. No one will know your score except you and anyone you desire to tell. You can use this resource to track your growth as a disciple. Think of it as a friend helping you prepare for the Final Exam when Jesus reviews your life face to face.
The assessment examines how well your everyday behavior aligns with Jesus’ values and behavior. It also looks at why you do what you do. For example, it doesn’t say, “I read the Bible daily.” It says, “I look forward to reading the Bible daily.” I want to is healthier than I must.
After the assessment, focus on improving one or two areas with the lowest scores. The Spiritual Health Helps resource provides specific suggestions. These two resources will show you the next step toward being part of the 15 percent who are noticeably different in a good way!
You can do the assessment at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdz-kz13IjzAtjP9F845BMLp7otOCZP6jWduqItbLuyT_NXVw/viewform
You can access the Spiritual Health Helps resource at: https://www.christiangrowthresources.com/spiritual-health-helps
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