If you do not think that six months pass quickly, then you probably need to visit the dentist. It seems like the twice yearly checkup comes around more frequently, and there is nothing worse that sitting in the waiting room and listening to all the tools being used in the back!
Two weeks ago was time for our checkups and cleaning. Considering that I brush my teeth at least twice a day and use mouth wash, you would think that this would be an easy experience, right? Not quite. I did not think that the hygienist was ever going to quit scraping, then they took x-rays and the dentist started calling out numbers and saying those particular teeth needed to be watched. Before I left the office, I made sure that everyone understood that I do brush my teeth!
When was the last time you had a spiritual checkup? Spiritual checkups need to occur more than every six months, but they are simply times when we allow the Lord to inspect our lives. This should occur daily (and even multiple times a day) as we confess our sins, but what about times when you pause and allow the Lord to look deep within and “scrape” some areas of your life?
It is easy to coast in our spiritual life and ignore the build up of sin. It might not be sins of omission that get ignored due to the fact that those actions can be seen or heard, but what about the sins of omission? Sins of omission are the times when the Lord leads us to do something and we do not do it. When He leads us to share our faith with a lost neighbor and we refuse, we have committed a sin of omission. When the Lord prompts us to make a decision during a worship service and we remain where we are, we commit a sin of omission.
In Psalm 139, David speaks of the Lord’s intimate knowledge of him and prays, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). Any offensive way. David is asking the Lord, who knows him greater than anyone, to check his life and point out areas of sin.
To ask God to point out any offensive way is a bold prayer because He is going to bring hidden sin to the surface. Are you in need of a checkup?
One of Whitley’s favorite TV shows is Doc McStuffins. If you have not watched it, you are missing out! Doc McStuffins is a toy doctor, specializing in stuffed animals. Part of her theme song says, “It’s ok if you giggle, it will only tickle a little… It’s time for your checkup, time for your checkup…” When we go to the Lord for a checkup, it is probably going to hurt, not tickle. But the pain will strengthen your walk with Christ and make you more effective in service to Him. It’s time for your checkup!