Summary: There are many ways to measure our own spirituality but there are three ways that stand out from all the others. These measurements apply equally to all Christians regardless of one’s circumstance.
MEASURING THE DEPTH OF OUR OWN SPIRITUALITY
“Then they who feared the Lord spoke often one to another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord, and who thought upon His name. ‘And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Malachi 3:16-17.
There are many ways to measure our own spirituality but there are three ways that stand out from all the others. These measurements apply equally to all Christians regardless of one’s circumstance. The individual Christian can measure himself in the following ways:
I. As it regards own “fear” [profound reverence and awe] of the Lord:
1.Implies faith in God: "In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence." Proverbs 14:26
2. Implies trust in God: "You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield." Psalm 115:11
3. Implies respect for God: "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." Hebrews 12:28
4. Implies reverence for His holy name: "...Fear this glorious and awesome name: ’The Lord Your God." Deuteronomy 28:58
II. As it regards our faithfulness to God:
The measure of a true Christian is to be gracious to everyone...not just to those who can do something FOR you or TO you! But never forget that God can do BOTH! Therefore we should be:
1. Faithful to God’s Word: "But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only." James 1:22
2. Faithful to God’s will: "Thy will be done…" Matthew 6:10
3. Faithful to God’s church: "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some." Hebrew: 10:25
III. As it regards evidencing the fruit of the Spirit of God in our life:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.." Galatians 5:22-23