Today at epikos Church I was preaching from Colossians 1:9-10 as we continued with our current sermon series, WE. SERVE. JESUS. As we reflected on what it means “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10 ESV), I challenged the men and women of epikos to take an inventory of their walk with God, individually and communally as the Body of Christ.
We asked three questions of accountability and personal reflection for the three different arenas of life within which we exist: 1) Our public world, 2) Our personal world, and 3) Our private world. Drawing from and adapting form accountability and reflection questions that many before us have leaned upon, I invite you to ask these questions of yourself for personal reflection and also for accountability as you ask them in the presence of one or two other trusted Christian friends who can speak constructively, honestly, and graciously into your life.
IN MY PUBLIC WORLD:
- Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? (In other words, am I a hypocrite?)
- Have you lacked any integrity in your business or financial dealings this week? (in other words, have I been unethical?)
- Have I damaged another person with words, either behind their back or face-to-face? (in other words have I gossiped?)
IN MY PERSONAL WORLD:
- Am I consistently meeting with God through His Word, worship, prayer, fasting, fellowship, etc.?
- Am I being honoring, understanding, gracious and generous in my important relationships? (Extended family, key friends, spouse, children, etc.)
- Have I exposed myself to sexually alluring situations, thoughts, material or relationships?
IN MY PRIVATE WORLD:
- Have I given in to an addictive behavior this week?
- Have I secretly wished for another’s misfortune so that I might excel?
- Have I given Christ preeminence in my heart before all else? (In other words, are there idols in my life?)
THE ULTIMATE QUESTION WE MUST ASK IS: Have I been a testimony this week to the greatness of Jesus Christ in my words, thoughts and actions?
IN OTHER WORDS: Am I walking in a manner worthy of the Lord?
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. – Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV)