I can remember the excitement and anticipation for an early dismissal to do my annual checkup. Today, statistics prove that as we grow older, we are no longer excited by annual checkups. We’re often so driven by our busy and complexed lives that we forfeit healthy practice by making it a secondary concern. Health professionals stress that regular exams are important and helps to identify risk factors and problems before they become serious. If diseases are caught early, treatments are usually much more effective. Ultimately, health professionals unanimously agree having a regular doctor's visit will help you live a long and healthy life.
I can’t remember a time when I’ve arrived for my scheduled doctor’s visit and the nurse or the nurses assistant hasn’t called me in prior to seeing the doctor to check my vital signs. Vital signs help the physician to collect the essential information of the patient’s current medical condition, thus allowing them to make a true assessment of his or her condition. During this pre-check the Temperature, Pulse, Heart Rate and Blood Pressures are checked. These vitals are all essential to the health and welfare of the patient. As these areas are essential in the lives of the natural man they are also significant in the lives of believers. 2 Corinthians 13:5 states we should “Examine ourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Successful examinations are conducted through gathering a collective series of information about the patient. If we ignore the signs of our spiritual deficiencies it will lead to our spiritual death.
The original purpose of the Church was to be a living organism that would never allow itself to be contained within the confines of walls and restricted by the options on men. The church of Jesus Christ has always been a group of born again believers who are set apart, led and motivated by the word of God. We must never lose our zeal and passion for the ministry of Jesus Christ. In doing so we must always remain passionate about our Love for others as we (the Body of Christ) continue to be his reflection in the earth to witness his grace and compassion toward mankind.
Remember that old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure? It more than applies to the regular doctor's visit, it is also very prevalent in our spiritual lives as well. Revelation 3 addresses what God calls the dead.
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.'
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Spiritual vital sign assessment
1. What is your Temperature? Are you Hot, Cold or just satisfied being Luke warm
2. What is your Pulse rate? Are you still passionate about what you believe?
3. What is your Heart Rate? Have you lost your Love for God and others?
4. What is your Blood Pressure? How do you react under Pressure?
No matter what your current situation is, John encourages us to hold fast and repent.