Lamentations 3:40: “Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord.”
I don’t know about you, but I am a pretty good liar when it comes to self-evaluation. It’s kind of like looking in the mirror; I see the 18-year-old body I used to have and not the 44-year-old body I now have.
Doing a spiritual self-evaluation is much the same way. Many times we only see the good we are or the good we do. We never look at the bad side of ourselves. For the most part, I think we are afraid to be honest with ourselves because of what we might find. The hard part is admitting to something wrong in your life and then having to deal with it. But how can you and I work on becoming a better Christian if we never work on the bad stuff?
So what do I look for in a spiritual self-evaluation? Sin! Sin is like cancer. If you don’t deal with it, it will consume you. Unfortunately, though, most Christian men do not have a clue to what is and is not sin. Why is that? Well, first and foremost, we are not in the Word! Our generation has become a biblically illiterate generation. We have allowed the world to become our moral compass instead of God’s Word and have forgotten that God has a different idea of what is and is not sin.
We have the mindset of “If everyone is doing it, it must be OK!”. This is obviously not true in God’s Word!
Second, we don’t pray. And when we don’t pray, we don’t repent. We cannot have a true spiritual revival of the heart with it full of sin. Psalms 119:11 says “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You” NASB. So since most men don’t read much less memorize scripture, sin abounds in the heart. We must repent of these sins to return to real fellowship with Christ.
As you start your self-evaluation, begin today by getting into God’s word every day! I tell men I disciple not to eat physically till you eat spiritually. Then meditate and pray on the Word you read. Hide it in your heart and ask God to show you the sins in your life. Then repent! This is the only way to grow spiritually. Try to be better today, in God’s eyes, than you were yesterday.
Below are some tough questions to ask yourself as a Christian man. Start your spiritual self-evaluation today! Be diligent in your spiritual self-evaluation and do it often.
Be tough on yourself; it will help you become a better person and a better Christian.
1. Have you spent daily time in the Scriptures and in prayer?
2. Have you had any impure thoughts that would not glorify God?
3. Have you been completely above reproach in your financial dealings?
4. Have you spent quality relationship time with family and friends?
5. Have you done your 100% best in your job, school, home, etc.?
6. Have you told any half-truths or outright lies, putting yourself in a better light to those around you?
7. Have you shared the Gospel with an unbeliever this week?
8. Have you taken care of your body through daily physical exercise and proper eating/sleeping habits?
9. Have you allowed any person or circumstance to rob you of your joy?
10. Have you lied on any of your answers today?
About the author: Jody Burkeen is the founder of the ministry, Man Up God’s Way.
Wow is all I can say I will need to print this out can put it by my bed at night GREAT QUESTIONS to think about and ponder.
Wow! That hit much harder than I thought it would but does a good job at giving a starting point to change.
Tremendously insightful, albeit, difficult questions to answer—honestly that is.
Like Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” Even if I cannot attain “perfection” in my Christian life—These questions give me something to shoot for!
This spoke to a lot of things I am failing at. It came right on time. Even it has made me really check myself it brought me some comfort and joy knowing there is always hope.
Like Fred Oliver posted, I am going to print this list out and work through it every night before going to sleep. May God work through and in us all.
This is a good list. I’m going to print it out as a reminder checklist. I like the fasting until we’ve done our devotional too. I’m going to try to implement that in my spiritual routine. Thanks for the article.
This is good information and hit too close to home today. I think I will use these questions to help other men and woMEN find God the way we all need to see him. Thank you and I will share my results … soon God bless you brothers and we need to grow this group.
Thank you ,this is a blessing to me . I will use it with my congregation
Wow hard hitting questions, but anyone who honestly can follow and diligently work on them will surely succeed with the grace of God. Thanks so much.