If you’ve ever been to the doctor for a physical or a checkup you know that even if you’re sure you’re in good health, there is a little bit of a question in the back of your head, “Will the doctor find something I didn’t know about?” But as much as that can make us nervous, isn’t that the point of getting a checkup? We want to know if something is wrong so we can take care of it.
This is the instruction that Paul gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4 when he said, “Make full proof of thy ministry.” Paul is issuing what he knows may be his final farewell to his son in the faith. He would love to see Timothy again, and sends instructions that if Timothy is able to see him, to bring some things with him. But in the event that Paul never sees Timothy again, he leaves these instructions. A mentor often gives helpful critique to his understudy, but Paul knows that he may not get to do that again, so he tells Timothy to examine and fortify the ministry to which God had called him.
Unfortunately, not everyone heeds Paul’s advice. Many kings of Israel and Judah drifted away from their roots and ended up facing defeat in battle and demise at home. Joash did right in the sight of the Lord. He stood out from the crowd. Jehoash outwardly worshipped God, but also tolerated idolatry. This drift could be true of any one of us if we aren’t careful.
Psalm 121 gives us the tangible checkup against drifting away from God.
* Keep your eyes on Him
* Ask him for His help
* Rely on His character
If we’ll do that, our spiritual checkups will be a little less scary (and hopefully more and more frequent!) Have you had your checkup today?