Doctors often ask this question of patients who come to them with a physical ailment. It is important for a physician to know what measures a patient is taking to improve their health or stave off debilitating health problems.
How about considering how you take care of yourself in other things? How are you taking care of yourself spiritually? Believe it or not, it is more important to take care of yourself spiritually than it is physically — that is, if you believe in God and accept his word as the truth.
Physicians are concerned that we exercise, have the proper diet, and get regular checkups. We know this is good. Even more so is it important to exercise in godliness, feed on the word of God, and get a regular examination of our spiritual condition.
“Exercise thyself unto godliness: for bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Tim 4:7-8).
“As newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation; if ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:1-3).
“Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Or know ye not as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be reprobate” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Obedience to the will of God is the exercise we all need in taking care of our spiritual needs. Studying the Bible is the only spiritually healthy diet.
Measuring our lives, our beliefs, and our religion by the Bible is the only reliable way to get a checkup from the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.