And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Spring-cleaning means to clean your house, very well, including parts you do not often clean. We do not want you to neglect self. Our desire is for you to examine everything, especially your spiritual areas. We call it spiritual spring cleaning. During the month of May 2018, the Christian Education Department will introduce our first spiritual spring cleaning booklet. Self-assessment allows one to examine strengths and weaknesses. The Bible recommends that as Christians we perform self- assessments. As noted in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”
Adhering to self-assessment of one’s’ value orientation involves understanding how to overcome potential barriers that could hinder personal and spiritual growth. Your spiritual belief is the foundation, that aligns all your core values. This is important because, when challenges appear, a Christian’s response and interaction will revert to spiritual values. Self-assessment forces accountability for one’s actions and behavior. With accountability, one’s belief system can strive towards becoming more Christ-Centered and Christ-Focused. Being Christ-centered from a Christian perspective should be uncomplicated because it is the basis for all relationships.
It is impossible as humans to completely avoid including one’s values and possible bias at some point in time. This is another reason self-assessment is critical. As Christians, there is a clear understanding that God’s word should govern behavior. This is one of the primary reason’s the Spiritual Spring Cleaning booklet was created.
Prior to starting, there should be at least a day of prayer. We recommend selecting at least 2 areas during the month of May 2018, in which you are willing to challenge yourself to spiritually grow. Select one of the following PDFs to download.