Doctors recommend regular checkups to make sure our bodies are functioning properly. Though we might not even realize something is wrong, an undetected problem could potentially cause serious health issues. The same is true of our relationship with the heavenly Father. He desires that we seek His truth daily, allowing Him to shed light on anything that hinders our walk.
And, just as some people are nervous about seeing their physician, we might feel fearful of inviting the Holy Spirit to examine our life. It can be frightening to realize the truth about our sin and see ourselves as we actually are. What’s more, knowing that God will require our repentance and obedience may also cause us discomfort.
But the rewards are great. First, our Father removes any spiritual obstacles that impede a close walk with Him. Second, we gain greater intimacy with the Lord and with others. Third, as resentment, fear, and other ungodly attitudes stop draining us, our energy is renewed and serving God becomes a joy instead of a duty. Fourth, regardless of circumstances, we experience spiritual freedom through forgiveness. All of these benefits lead to deeper fulfillment, peace, and joy.
Maturity is a lifelong process. The heavenly Father will continue to grow His children until He brings them home. Seek the Lord’s wisdom and truth, and ask that He reveal anything holding you back from a beautiful friendship with Him. He wants to walk closely with you all of your days—and for all of eternity.
Bible in One Year: 2 Corinthians 5-8