Sometimes I find it helpful to stop and ask myself, what am I doing and why am I do it? This action step is really helpful when it comes to spiritual life. It seems so easy to drift away from relationship with God into a habit of religious activity that has no power, none-the less a hint of personal connection with God.
A couple of years ago, I put together a check list to help me and my clients take an honest assessment of my spiritual life. I hope you find this helpful too. The last two rows are empty because you may think of other check points as well.
The left column comments are not right or wrong, but can be limiting in nature. My point is to see where “religious habit” is distracting me from relationship with God and other people.
Please let me know what comes to mind and be sure to let me know if you have questions or comments.
Form of godliness theology
Kingdom of Heaven theology
|Works based, be good, try harder||For by grace I am saved through faith and not of works…|
|Saved from hell||Saved into God’s world|
|I have to work out my salvation||Holy Spirit is my helper|
|I go to church||We are the Church|
|History and Doctrine focus||Love and relationship focus|
|Truth comes from information about the Bible by using logic and reason||Truth comes from revelation from Holy Spirit about Biblical truth|
|Bible is a historical guide||Bible is alive and speaks to me|
|Teaching is based on the theology of my denomination||Teaching is based on principles of growing in relationship with God and others|
|Church tradition and systematic theology reveals God’s ways||Revelatory gifts reveal God’s ways|
|Spiritual leaders hear for people and speak to their minds||We Hear God in our heart|
|Revelation, prophecy have ceased||Prophecy and spiritual gifts are valued|
|Focus on getting people to church||Focus on making disciples|
|Know about God||Know God|
|Water baptism is a ritual||Water baptism is a celebration of a new life|
|Add Biblical information to the mind||Transformed by the renewing of mind|
|Preacher, pulpit, audience||Citizen of heaven, meet people as you go|
|Tell audiences about principles||Mentor, disciple, apprentice|