I posted a review last week of Jared C. Wilson's book, The Pastor's Justification. In one of the chapters, he lists a series of accountability questions from John Wesley. He refers to them as Wesley's "famous" accountability questions, which seemed funny to me. You see, while I do not find myself reading Wesley very often, I have been around ministry and small groups for some time. And I have never heard of these questions. They are not so famous to me, but they are now. I really liked them and think they might be helpful in the proper situation.
- Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
- Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
- Do I confidentially pass onto another what was told me in confidence?
- 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 about 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 like other people, especially the Pharisee who despised the publican?
- Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward, or disregard? If so, what am I going to do about it?
- Is Christ real to me?
As I think about these questions, other questions come to my mind:
- Can I answer them?
- Do I want to answer them?
- Who could I answer them to?
- Why wouldn't I want to answer them?
- Who do I really fear?
These are things that are bouncing around in my head. What do you think? Do you like them? Do you see value in questions like this with someone you trust in your life?