Helping Students Evaluate Their Spiritual Appetite

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Final tests and exams are almost over and another school year is drawing to a close. What are your students and children longing to do over the summer months–camping? hanging out with friends? trying out a new fishing rod? sleeping in? All of those ideas can be wonderful opportunities for taking a break from the regular routines of school and activities. But for older children and students, the beginning of summer break could be an important opportunity to “test” and examine their spiritual appetite.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart,” (Jeremiah 15:16a ESV)

Here are some questions you could use with your students and children to help them evaluate their spiritual appetite:

What is your favorite food? Do you ever get tired of it? Is your spiritual appetite like your physical appetite? Ask yourself the following questions to evaluate your spiritual appetite:

Do you love the Bible? Are you satisfied reading the Word of God and finding treasures there?

Are you dissatisfied with your spiritual life?

Do you enjoy talking about the Lord and being with the people of God?

Do you see the world as dry and weary?

Do you mourn over your sin?

Are you teachable before God?

Do you desire God’s will over your own? Do you want to see His purposes accomplished in this world?

Is your heart captured by the creature, or by the Creator?

Do you like being in the worship service?

(Teach Me Your Way Student Journal, copyright©2008, page 112)

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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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