A New Year's Test For Self-Examination
These are questions from the Holy Club of Oxford in John Wesley's days 200 years ago but just as relevant for us today.
- Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am a better person than I really am ? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
- Am I honest in all acts or words, or do I exaggerate?
- Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence? Can I be trusted?
- Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
- Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
- Did the Bible live in me today?
- Do I give it time to speak to me each day?
- Am I enjoying prayer?
- When did I last speak to somebody else with the object of trying to win that person for Christ?
- Am I making contacts with other people and using them for the Master's Glory?
- Do I pray about the money I spend?
- Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
- Do I disobey God in anything?
- Do I insist upon doing something for which my conscience is uneasy?
- Am I delegated in any part of my life? Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
- How do I spend my spare time?
- Am I proud?
- Do I thank God I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
- Is there anybody whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticise, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
- Do I grumble or complain constantly?
- Is Christ real to me?
Taken from HQL-9826, p.24