“Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you.” 2 Corinthians 13:5
Before shipping my 2004 Toyota 2000 miles to Pennsylvania where I will spend the summer, I’ve released it to the local Toyota service center to see if it is “worthy” to spend money on transport. The odometer shows the car is nearing 200,000. To me it is my “baby.” The first car I purchased, and I’ve followed the rules of maintenance up to this point, had the timing belt changed, brakes, and belts, etc. The car still drives well and even the overly used air conditioning can freeze my passengers out on a hot Arizona day.
So, I wait for the verdict—ship or no ship. I depend on the service representative to be honest with me.
I follow similar patterns with my health. I get an annual checkup with my primary doctor, a bone-density and mammogram when ordered, and even the dreaded colonoscopy I’m scheduled to have this fall. But I ask myself, “How many more colonoscopies do I need?”
In my faith life, I practice daily Bible reading, praying, reading and writing meditations. It is the tune-up I need for my spiritual life. If it is not part of your daily routine, I highly recommend adding one of these additives to your faith engine.
Lord, Help us tune up our bodies, minds, and souls regularly. Amen.