Have you ever had to fill out a self-evaluation? I have and I hate them. Hate is a strong word, but in this instance, it is a perfect description of my relationship with self-evals. I struggle to look at my own life and determine things about myself like: Define one or two areas or skills you can improve upon. Or: Do you have other strengths or skills that you feel are not currently being utilized? What are they? I can never wrap my head around them.
However, in our Christian life, we are called to a life-long self eval. The best thing about it: we already have the answer to it. The self eval that we all have as Christians is whether or not I am becoming more like Christ. If I am being consistent in my journey of sanctification. We are told what the goal is that we should be striving for and how to achieve it.
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1 Peter 1:14-16
We are called to live a life of holiness. We as Christians are called to live a life that wholly represents who Christ is every single day. This self-eval has no timeouts. There are no skips. There are no cheat days. We are called to pursue the holiness of God in every area of our life.
This takes work. This takes me being intentional about looking at my life and cutting out the sin that is keeping Christ from being shown in my life. Our “conversation” talks about our lifestyle or our life philosophy. Does Christ dominate that philosophy? Does Christ show up in every area of your life? This is not a request, but a command. God is commanding us to demonstrate the holiness that is His nature. Do you? Strive to intentionally ask yourself that question and watch the spiritual growth and maturity that you will gain.