Taking Spiritual Inventory
By David Valls
The Lord gave me a thought about taking inventory. Retail stores often do this to see what they have and what they need. As believers, we must do the same when it comes to our walk with God.
The Bible says let a man examine himself whether he be in the faith. Self-examination is one of the things all Christians struggle with the most. Because let’s face it, nobody likes to be wrong or have it revealed to them that they are wrong. But as the old saying goes, honesty is the best policy. We must be truthful with God and with ourselves about where we are so that we can get to the place God wants us to be.
As I said before, taking inventory shows what you have or don’t have, what you need or don’t need. To see what you need, you must first assess what you have. And then from there, we can see what we need to add. But to make room for what need, we must get rid of the things that God does not want in our lives.
The book of Hebrews tells us to” lay aside every weight and the sin that does so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” We look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. If a runner is carrying unnecessary weight, it hinders his ability to run efficiently. The less dead weight he is carrying, the lighter his load, which means he can focus all his energy on running the race. That is the reason we must allow God to free us of anything that holds us back and that takes a little self checkup!
David said, “Search me o God and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me.” We all have the potential for wicked things to creep into our lives. Apart from Christ, we all are wicked, because the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked saved or unsaved. We are all flesh, and the flesh by its very nature is wicked, which is why we must be transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit. It requires honesty and willingness to look deep within ourselves and ask God to remove obstacles that hinder our walk him, and replace them with the things he wants in our lives in order to please Him and glorify him.
David Valls attends Middle District Freewill Baptist Church in Buladean. He is from Mitchell County. He has been the adult class Sunday school teacher for the past 13 years.
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