May 12, 2018
We almost reached the end of the year. Usually in the last days of each year, we are encouraged to do self-assessment. How far have we reach the goal that we have set at the beginning of the year? Which part from our priority lists that still have delay in its fulfilment? What is the hindrance? And so on…
1. We often do self-assessment without the determination and consistency to transform our lives to be more accurate
James 1:23-24 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
We must make real actions in the decisions we make everyday to experience progress/transformation in life. Doing self-assessment without determination to make necessary changes is like a hungry person who has prepared the food he wants but he never actually eats it. He stays in the same state, nothing changes.
I figure many people who do not make immediate changes in life based on their self-assessment, become more difficult to experience transformation in life. The lying spirit has a bigger chance to make them, who are not a doer, feel satisfied just by doing self-assessment; means they feel good enough and have fulfilled all the requirements to be a better person than before. Those people are trapped in comfort zone and spiritual passivity and at the end they will think that they do not need to do anything to change their lives. They live in the bond of lying spirit!
2. Transformation in life will never happen when the person has not really build a new habit to make the changes permanent
For example, when I do self-assessment, I figure that I still often live in flesh. It means I have to condition myself to begin living in the Spirit.
To begin living in the Spirit, I have to make sure that my mind is set to His word/the things of the Spirit (Rm 8:5-6). What must I do to have new habit (to think all the things of the Spirit) and the new habit can transform my life permanently? I must think and make plans to build new habit in my life, so I will have new lifestyle.
In short, any changes in life that we have targeted, have to be realised in practical routine activities that we can do to bring permanent change in live.
We must have determination in our heart and do it consistently. Experience and enjoy a real life changes.
Ps. Steven Agustinus