The season of Lent begins on March 1. I encourage each believer to answer and reflect on the questions that John Wesley gave to small groups about 200 years ago. Below is a list of John Wesley’s questions:
Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
Can I be trusted? Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
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 the Bible time to speak to me every day?
Am I enjoying prayer?
When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
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 about which my conscience is uneasy?
Am I defeated 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 that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, 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?
Worship is the primary expectation of God from all of his creations especially the people called Christians. Worship is our way of expressing our gratitude for the many blessings that God has given us. Worship is a voluntary act and must not be done out of obligation but out of love and joy – knowing that we are what we are because of God.
In worship, it is the purity of our hearts and intentions that really counts. There was a story about a man who was cleaning the cross on top of a church. While he was cleaning the cross, someone down below shouted, “You don’t have to make that cross so beautiful. No one will see it down here.” The man responded, “I know but God will.”
Nothing is added to God when we worship except that we make him happy. But so much is given to us in terms of blessings and grace, when we worship the Lord in spirit and in truth