Tozer’s Questions for Self-Examination

Discipleship continues to become one of the most important values we embody in our faith community. In fact, it should be the most important thing we become and do – because it is our charge. A few years ago I heard a clear definition of discipleship:  an irreplaceable and lifelong task of becoming like Jesus by embodying his message (1 John 2:6).

Matthew 28:18-20 is known as The Great Commission. Dallas Willard has said that the tragic reality is that we’ve created a culture in our churches where we can be ‘Christians’ forever and never actually become disciples. Ultimately, what results is The Great Omission – where churches do everything except make disciples.

On Tuesday nights this fall I’m spending time with eleven other men who are hungry to grow in their journey with Jesus. The culture of the group is high relationships – and high accountability. One told me he felt this group is “intense, but exactly what I need to wake me up from my mediocre and apathetic walk with Christ.” These men have made several commitments to one another in order to grow – the most important one is that when we are finished with our time together they will begin to disciple two other men (2 Tim 2:2). We’re just a few weeks in and already it has become an incredibly rich time together of learning to realign every area of our lives around Jesus and his priorities.

This week the members of this group have committed to connect with one other person in the group (outside of our Tuesday time) and process A.W. Tozer’s Questions for Self-Examination. These questions quickly escort us to the root of our affections – what we care about most deeply.

These questions are so good I thought I would post them here:

  • What do I want most?
  • What do I think about the most?
  • How am I using my money?
  • What am I doing with my free time?
  • What company am I keeping?
  • Who and what do I admire?
  • What am I laughing at?

After reflecting on all of these questions, what do your answers reveal about you and your priorities?

4 Replies to “Tozer’s Questions for Self-Examination”

  1. J.R. You are in the right fight! Keep pushing this button. Thank you for being a leader in this endeavor; keep showing the way as you obey Jesus and make disciples! Tom

  2. I love this quote by A.W. Tozer: “The Lord will not save those whom he cannot command.He will not divide His offices. You cannot believe on a half-Christ. We take Him for what He is – the annointed Saviour and Lord who is King of Kings and Lord of alll Lords! He would not be Who He is if He saved us and called us and chose us without the understanding that he can also guide and control our lives.”
    from “I call it Heresy!” Harrisburg, PA:Christian Publications, 1974, pp. 18-19

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