Jul 23, 2008

22 Questions to Ask Yourself

We love lists. We like information broken down into bite-sized, digestible chunks. Plus lists are easy and fast to read. Especially “Top 10” lists.

John Wesley was a Christian minister back in the 1700’s. While studying at Oxford University, he and some friends started the “Holy Club.” Here is a list of questions they asked themselves in their private devotions.

1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?

2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?

3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?

4. Can I be trusted?

5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?

6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying or self-justifying?

7. Did the Bible live in me today?

8. Do I give it time to speak to me every day?

9. Am I enjoying prayer?

10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?

11. Do I pray about the money I spend?

12. Do I go to bed on time and get up on time?

13. Do I disobey God in anything?

14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?

15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?

16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?

17. How do I spend my spare time?

18. Am I proud?

19. Do I thank God that I am not like other people?

20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard?

21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?

22. Is Christ real to me?

I printed the list off and stuck it in the middle of my Bible. During my quiet time or during a church service, it will surface and I’ll read it again.

It’s a great list.