Writing Prompts: Spiritual Inventory

Part 1: What Do You Really Believe?

magnifying glass spiritual inventoryEven most devoted Christ-followers take time periodically to examine their faith and take inventory. What spiritual principles are clear in your mind? Which ones do you want to understand better and live out more fully?
 
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you?” (2 Corinthians 13:5, NIV) 

Writing Prompt

Journal about a biblical principle you’ve come to more fully understand and how you live it out day to day.


 

Part 2: How to Take a Spiritual Inventory

You cannot earn salvation through works or good deeds. But scripture emphasizes that your works and deeds reflect the health of your faith.
 
The Book of James offers an interesting way to inventory your spiritual health. “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can faith save him? … Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14, 17 NKJV).

Writing Prompt

Use James 2:14, 17 to take an inventory of your spiritual health. How is your faith reflected in your works and deeds? What are some steps God may be calling you to take? 


 

Part 3: What’s Your Fighting Style?

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses” 1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV).
 
As you take a spiritual inventory, consider how you put your faith into action.  Are you active or passive? As you live out your faith, is your walk a skirmish, a brawl, or something in between?

Writing Prompt

What does it mean to you to fight the good fight of the faith?


Part 4: “That” Experience: How Did It Impact You?

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NIV).
 
Your behavior affects those around you – but it impacts you, too. Many Christians can recall a faith-affirming experience in service to others that had a tremendous impact on the direction of their spiritual journey. It’s right and good to process those experiences as part of taking your spiritual inventory.

Writing Prompt

Journal about a time when you put your faith into action. What effect did that experience have on you?

Part 5: Active or Passive?

When you initiate a regular spiritual inventory … engage in heartfelt service to those in need … pursue spiritual disciplines: these mark an active faith rather than a passive one.

The pattern of this world is busy-ness over reflection. Complacency over change. But your life is to be marked as different from the world. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2, NIV).”

Writing Prompt: Describe some way in which you have been transformed by living your faith actively.