A Measurement of Our Spiritual Health
The DNA of the Lord Jesus Christ
As an expression of Life in Lighthouse
When we have regular check-ups with our Doctor he or she will have quick diagnostic questions and procedures. Question will have to do with general life: How are you feeling, sleeping, eating etc.
Then quick procedures: Blood pressure, heart rate, weight, a peek and prod in here and there etc.
Then a blood or sometimes a sample test.
These allow our Doctors to ascertain our general health and work from there.
The Christian life should be lived with the same kind of regular check-ups. At Lighthouse we want to regularly remind followers of Jesus that His life in us should have certain marks of health in our lives. Below are quick but effective characteristics or benchmarks that help us determine spiritual health at any given time. They are based on the 2 Greatest Commands of Love and The Great Commission of being sent out as Jesus was sent out.
D = Delighting in God. The Lord Jesus delighted in this give and take relationship with his heavenly Father. He said that the Greatest Command is to love God. And so today, we delight in God through worship, through prayer and through the study of His Word! Not duty or habit but Delight!
N = Nurturing Relationships. The Lord Jesus engaged in authentic fellowship with others and he said that love for others should be the defining characteristic of his disciples. In John 15:12,13 he said, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” We want to serve others and show humility to let others care for our needs. Jesus said that the world will know we are His Disciples when we love one another!
A = Acting on the Mission. Jesus was consumed with a passion to act on the mission that his Father sent him to accomplish. In John 4:34 he said, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.” And what is that mission? To reconcile humanity to God by making disciples. Just before Jesus was taken up to heaven, he left us with the Great Commission … to go and make disciples. Jesus left this world saying to His father, "As you sent me I send them."