By Motunrayo Alaka
The middle of the year is a good time to do a self-assessment and ask yourself God’s question to Adam in the Garden of Eden. (Insert your name), where are you? The capacity for self-reflection and appraisal is a potent tool for measuring growth and identifying challenges towards improving.
When God called out that question, he was asking Adam and Eve two questions in one. The first was a question about their spiritual state, and the second was about where they were physically.
There are four steps I encourage you to follow.
Check your spiritual state
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. II Corinthians 13:5
Have you grown in the things of the spirit? Do you have the evidence of the fruit of love for God and His people in your life? Are you still in faith? How is your soul? What have you been feeding it with the things of God? Have you gotten comfortable with sin? Do you now have categories for lies to justify your truthfulness? How is your obedience? Are you striving to build your relationship with the Holy Spirit?
Observe where you are physically
The first question and the queries a critical self-examination raise along with it, directly affect the second question. Like Adam and Eve, we all hide physically when we have erred spiritually. In a Covid19 era where most churches only meet online, the peer-check that gathering together physically offers is missing. There is a tendency to blend in and hide. Who are your friends now? What are the solutions you found for the economic hardship if it has affected you? How are you solving the problem of loneliness? What do you do with your time, body and resources? Are you correctly deploying the gifts of God for the benefit of yourself, family and community?
Take responsibility for your mistakes
Despite his fallen state, Adam answered the question God asked him honestly. He did not mince words.
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:10
Adam seemed to say, “My perspective and experience have changed because I did things that I am sure will not make you happy so I am ashamed right now and hiding.”
God had several follow-up questions, which Adam answered the way he could too. There was a time he pointed fingers and shifted the blame to Eve, but he tried to answer honestly. You can do that too.
Allow God to cover you
Although God was furious with Adam and Eve, He replaced their fig leaf clothes with a more durable covering He made of the skin of an animal. Brethren, God can give you a fresh start in the middle of the journey. God can give you the opportunity to reset and restart in July. Your survival strategies are not likely to be sustainable if God does not inspire them. Submit to God and He will help start from where you are en route where He wants you to be by the end of 2020.
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