Monday—Read Romans 12:1-2 in the New Testament. Paul, the author of the letter to the Roman Christians, knew that the thought processes and the values of Jesus-followers were different than those of the world around them. Therefore, Christians had to set their minds on Jesus intentionally. The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, developed 21 questions for followers of Jesus to ask themselves and each other which would help set their minds on Christ. For the next three weeks each of us will be challenged by Wesley’s questions.
Question 1: Is Jesus real to me?
Tuesday—Read Acts 17:26-28 in the New Testament. Paul gently but clearly told the people of Athens that God could not be contained in images or concepts created by human beings. We don’t control or choreograph God. It is God who invites us to yield to him and trust him completely. John Wesley’s questions remind us to be humble and to remember that God is God, and we are not.
Questions 2 & 3: Am I enjoying prayer? Do I insist on doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
Wednesday—Read Psalm 139 in the Old Testament. This awesome song celebrates how deeply and fully God knows us and loves us. (If you’re having trouble feeling good about yourself, focus in particular on verses 13 and 14.) There’s nowhere we can go where God isn’t already
there. This love which is beyond all comprehension provides the foundation for thinking of ourselves, others, and the entire world differently.
Questions 4 & 5: Did the Bible live in me today? Did I disobey God in anything?
Thursday—Read I Corinthians 10:31 in the New Testament. Paul reminds us to glorify God in every part of our lives. For a follower of Jesus, there’s not a division between the elements of our lives that are “religious” and those that are not. Everything we do needs to point others to the Christ we serve. This includes what we do with however much money each of us earn and spend. Remember, the number of times the Bible records Jesus speaking about money is second only to him speaking about the Kingdom of God.
Question 6: Do I pray about the money I spend?
Friday—Read Psalm 119:105 in the Old Testament. Jesus is the living Word of God in human form. The Bible contains the Holy Spirit-driven witness to the Word. It is the sweeping story of God seeking and engaging human beings; leading up to Jesus and then immediately following his death and resurrection. The Word speaks through the Bible. We can never reach its limits. Followers of Jesus grow by spending time in the Bible every day. It’s like keeping a daily appointment with God.
Question 7: Do I give time for the Bible to speak to me every day?