03 Jan Five Questions to Refocus Your Spiritual Life in 2018
The beginning of a new year is a time of personal reflection for most people. It’s a natural time on the calendar to recalibrate our focus, to re-examine our priorities, to review the previous year and to make some necessary adjustments.
This year has been filled with a lot of changes for me. I started a new job here at Legacy, moved to Kansas City permanently, made a lot of new friends, started to settle into a new routine, and adapted to a new job after a year of being unsettled and traveling a lot for my work. With so much transition, it’s easy for the days and weeks and months to rush by without any personal reflection, so here I am, with my cup of coffee, thinking and praying over the last year of my life, looking toward 2018 and beyond.
I find myself, like David, longing for the insight into what God is doing inside me in all this. In Psalm 139 David asks God to help him take a spiritual inventory, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Taking a spiritual inventory means taking some time to listen to God and ask Him to make us aware of the areas of sin in our lives, to show us the ways He has been at work, and to reveal to us the way forward in our life with Him.
Scripture is consistent on this: that God is always at work in the world and in the inner lives of Christians. Jesus said, “my heavenly Father is always at work, and I too am working” (John 5:17). Paul reminds the Philippian Christians that “he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion” (Phil. 1:6). In the next chapter of Philippians Paul reminds them to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Phil. 2:12-13).
So as you look forward to 2018, I challenge you to ask the Lord to help you take a spiritual inventory of your life with help from these questions:
Lord, what are you doing in my life over which I can rejoice?
What are behaviors or habits in my life that are offensive to You?
Is there any specific decision or choice that I have made over which I need to repent?
God, what about my life are you pleased with over the last year?
Are there any unhealthy relationships in my life that are blinding me to you?
Luke Wright is Legacy’s Director of Spiritual Formation, resident book nerd, and lover of all things Chick-fil-A.