Spiritual Health Check

 

It’s crazy to think that we’re about halfway through the semester. These past few weeks have been full of building relationships, one-on-one spiritual conversations, times spent studying the Bible, and fun shared experiences at weekly meetings. But in the midst of all this I’m learning to take a step back and reflect on how I’m doing vs what I’m doing. How is my spiritual health? How is my heart before the Lord? It can be so easy for me to look to ministry to give me what only God can give me- value, significance, meaning, purpose, joy. For a type A person who values efficiency and getting things done, I’ve noticed my tendency to do rather than to sit and be still before Jesus. This season has shown me a lot about prioritizing my own spiritual health. Here are some things God has been teaching me:

  • I give out of what I have. The best thing I can give people is my own personal relationship with Jesus, and if I’m not prioritizing time with Him I really have nothing to give. Apart from abiding in Christ, I can do nothing of eternal significance (John 15:5).
  • I’m free to rest. God can do more in my resting than I can do in my doing. He neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4), and He can do far more abundantly than I can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). 
  • Who I am in Christ is far more important than what I do for Christ.

Work is a good gift from God, but I am more than my work; I am a child of God who has been created to know Him. Even though I can’t have a meaningful life without work, I can’t say that work is the meaning of my life. 

To quote Augustine, “our hearts are restless until we find our rest in you.” God has been reminding me that Jesus alone possesses the words of eternal life (John 6:68), and prioritizing time with Him is what’s really important. And out of that truth, we share life with others.

-Emmett Richardson