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Posted by Colby Kinser on

How do you measure how you're doing spiritually? 

Do you measure yourself by the things you're managing well? You list all the things of the Christian life that you're living out decently enough - prayer, ministry involvement, seizing teachable moments with your kids - and conclude that you're doing well in the Christian life.

Or do you measure yourself by the things you're not doing well, putting yourself down because of the areas where you feel like you're failing? Not enough time in prayer and in the Word, not witnessing to neighbors, a quick temper. You see where you're coming up short, and conclude you're not doing well in the Christian life.

How does God measure how you're doing spiritually? I don't think He uses either method.

Rather, I think He's more interested in how open we are to His work in our lives, which we receive by faith. Are we inviting Him without reservation into the areas that need work? Are we giving Him credit for the areas that are presently going well?

The Christian life is not about performing adequately for God, but trusting God who is our adequacy by giving Him full access to our lives.

The danger of focusing on what we're managing well is that we then tend to try to divert God away from the areas that most need His work. The danger of focusing on what we're messing up on is that we then tend to fail to give God credit for the amazing work He's already done ... and is presently doing

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