Many of us like to end our day “checking in” with God before drifting off to sleep. On a lot of occasions, however, the day has been a bit of a blur. Sometimes we’re left with a vague sense of disappointment that we haven’t accomplished enough, or that our day has left us no closer to God than the day before. Here are five questions you can ask yourself before each day is over. This isn’t a “spiritual checklist” but, simply is a guide to help you to recognize what’s important in your life—and to take small, significant steps in becoming more like Jesus every day.
Did I preach the Gospel to myself? We tend to think of sharing the Gospel as something we do with people who don’t believe. But we need to remind ourselves of who we are in Christ. This impacts everything we do (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).
Did I make time to read my Bible and apply it? Did I spend time reading the Bible, thinking about what it said, and praying about how to do what it said (Colossians 3:16)?
Did my words encourage anyone today? It’s easy for us to complain about others or criticize them. But a simple word of encouragement can be extremely powerful (Proverbs 12:18).
Did I pray for the needs of anyone else today? We often tell others, “I’ll pray for you,” and then forget to follow through. Or sometimes we observe a need and simply feel bad for someone. But “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).
Did I take a natural opportunity to identify with Jesus today? We may not always have the chance to fully explain the Gospel to others. But sometimes there are natural opportunities to identify ourselves with Jesus that can lead to in-depth conversations at a later time (Romans 1:16).
Again, the idea is not to feel guilty about what you did or didn’t do. This is simply a way to check yourself to see if you’re engaging in activities that are important to you and will help you live each day with intentionality for Christ.
You might follow these five questions with one more: “Lord, what do You want me to do differently tomorrow?”
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