I read an article by Donald Whitney on the CS Lewis Institute website which listed “10 Questions to ask to make sure you are still growing”. You can access the full article here. It is a good read and asks questions worth considering if you want to continually become more Christ-like.
If you like headlines and then filling in the blanks in your own style here are the questions Whitney posed:
1. Are you more thirsty for God than ever before?
2. Are you more and more loving?
3. Are you more sensitive to and aware of God than ever before?
4. Are you governed more and more by God’s Word?
5. Are you concerned more and more with the physical and spiritual needs of others?
6. Are you more and more concerned with the Church and the Kingdom of God?
7. Are the disciplines of the Christian life more and more important to you?
8. Are you more and more aware of your sin?
9. Are you more and more willing to forgive others?
10. Are you thinking more and more of heaven and of being with the Lord Jesus?
When I have read an article like this I try to ask how this list can help me. I think it is important not to be dogmatic in addressing every detail but spend time prayerfully (usually as part of my quiet time) reflecting upon the questions and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal what I am really like. Then I will skim over parts of the list as I realise the Holy Spirit is highlighting areas of concern and so I address those with greater gusto. I then use a journal to write down my observations as well as looking for specific growth points that are immediately apparent.