2019 is rapidly approaching and with it the close of another year. Looking back at the past 11+ months provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate where we were, where we are and how we got here. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Have grown spiritually this year? Do I know more about the Bible than I did at this time last year?
Have I grown closer to the body of Christ? Do I know any of my brothers and sisters in Christ better than I did a year ago?
Has my prayer life improved? Am I spending more time in prayer, or less? Are my prayers selfish and selfless? Am I talking to my Father, or just going through the motions?
Have I done anything to improve my worship? I am more engaged in worship, or less? Am I putting everything I can into worship, so I can get the most out of it?
Have I done anything to bring someone to Christ? Even if I have not led a lost soul to obey the Gospel, am I making strides in that direction?
How is my service record? Did I seize as many opportunities as possible to serve others, both in the body of Christ and out?
Am I bearing fruit? I am growing in the fruit of the Spirit and in the Christian virtues, or have I been content to just exist?
Paul commands us to examine ourselves to see whether or not we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Even though we should do this every day, the arrival of a new year is good chance to think back over the previous year and dig a little deeper.