John 12:24-26 (ESV) - Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (25) Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (26) If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
7 Questions the Lord asked me through the Scriptures:
1. Will you be faithful to my Word?
a. Who said it was going to be easy? I certainly didn’t…particularly when NOT being faithful is so easy.
b. Will you stand on the Sufficiency of Scripture or return to pragmatism to please people?
c. I am your primary “audience.” Will you do what it takes to please me?
2. Will you pay the price for that faithfulness?
a. When people want what’s popular, will you still be faithful?
b. Remember, each one of my servants has to go through this.
c. It’s one thing to preach it; it’s quite another live it out day to day.
3. Will you love when loving is hard?
a. Love must be tested. Will you love others hard when they act unlovable?
b. When you are misunderstood and your motives questioned…will you love?
c. When you are persecuted for righteousness sake, will you love?
4. Will you serve when serving is hard?
a. If you don’t see “results” but you are following me, will you keep serving?
b. Even if you do see “results” will you let your “success” move you away from me?
c. When you are tired, frustrated, angry, and ready to quit…will you honor me anyway?
5. Will you learn to see your life though my eyes?
a. Instead of imagining and dreaming for your own sake, will you learn to see yourself through me?
b. Do you REALLY see your life as a fragrant offering for my glory?
6. Will you trust me?
a. Will you really, truly trust me with your gifts, your ministry, your calling, your marriage, your money…with your life?
b. Will you allow me to make it into what I want it to be?
7. Will you be willing to die for me and my glory?
a. When it is all said and done, will you sacrifice everything for me?
b. When you know I have spoken by my Word, will you give up everything to see MY will done?