Sunday, August 10, 2008

John Wesley's Holy Club

As I was cleaning out my paper trail* the other day, I ran across these questions from John Wesley's Holy Club that I had found years ago and slid them into a folder to "save" for future use. I, of course, was too busy to actually put these questions to good use in my own life. Until now. I have been so convicted lately of how much I am lacking in my relationship with God. It's time to snap up...and these questions will certainly encourage that! I thought I'd share - you can thank me later :)

1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I relly 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 everyday?

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 get 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 as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?

20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?

21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?

22. Is Christ real to me?

Here a couple more questions that I ran across...they challenged me just as much as the Holy Club's did so I thought I would include them as well.

-Did I conform to the fashions and customs of this world today? Did I challenge them?
-Have I unnecessarily spoken about anyone today?
-Did I actively and prayerfully seek holiness today?

Not really any room for excuses or procrastination here, is there?

Paper trail: the piles and stacks of miscellaneous papers that you set aside to go through later...and never did. Thus leaving a trail throughout your house.