Because of the nature of disciple-making in cultural diversity, it is essential to track our own Spiritual Transformation. This journaling will provide reasons not only to celebrate His faithfulness, but it can also become a source of encouragement for us, a way to protect our heart against discouraging and burnout. Here you have two simple tools for that purpose.
Keeping a register of how God the Holy Spirit is working in us, restoring our own hearts more and more into the likeness of Christ Jesus, is vital as we journey through the disciple-making pathway. Such a record will help us in many different ways: it will remind us, in times of need, that the Triune God of the Universe is faithful, it will help us to gather reason upon reason to celebrate Him, and with these reminders our soul will find a heaven against discouragement and burnout.
As you pursue your passions, areas of interest, spiritual gifts with the intention of using them for Spiritual Transformation, take time to evaluate your own condition. Consider these questions:
- Do you confess that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, and look forward to the day when you will see Him in glory?
- Do you aspire to fulfill the ministry God has called you to do?
- Do you submit your will to His, despite your own cultural preferences, for His glory and for the benefit of others, specially those who are not like you?
- How formal is your approach to the study of His Word?
- How intentional is your practice of a Spiritual Discipline?
- How aware are you of your passion, area of interest, spiritual gift?
- How difficult is it for you to set aside your cultural preferences, for His glory and the benefit of others?
- How prepared are you to engage in spiritual conversations with those around you?
- How often do you hear about the impact you are having on the life of others?
The main purpose of these questions is not to give you a grade, but to stir your heart up, to be a catalyst for deeper contemplation about the evidence of His work in you. If at all possible, keep a journal of your answers, as if taking a snapshot of where you are right now. Later on, as you keep moving on your discipleship pathway, compare snapshots for encouragement and worship.
Pen and paper are good utensils to keep track of your pilgrimage.
Computers and Internet are also good.
There is here a spiritual assessment web app that can help you out. It’s free, but it will not record your answers; it’s up to you to print out the result and keep that copy for your journal. If saving the graph in your computer, give the file a unique name, a name that makes sense to you, that reminds you of the date you took the assessment.
How do you know how you are doing, spiritually, while engaging in disciple-making? What kind of memorial do you keep to remember what He has done and is doing in you, for you, and through you?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity