When John Wesley met other Christians, he often asked the question, “How goes it with your soul?” I wonder, if someone asked me that question, how would I respond? Certainly, it would give me pause for thought. I don’t think I’d be able to give the typical reply when someone asks, “How are you today?”… “Fine thanks. How are you?” No, I don’t think that reply quite works. How about this exchange? “How goes it with your soul?”… Oh, quite well thanks, and with yours?” Nope, that’s not too good either. It’s a question that almost demands an answer.
John Wesley asked the question with a deeper purpose than just an everyday, routine greeting. He asked it because he cared deeply about the state of a person’s soul and their walk with Christ. The question is one that demands more than a ‘pat answer’. We go through much, perhaps all, of life without giving it a thought. OK, maybe when we are in church and a particularly moving sermon inspires us to think along those lines. If someone actually asked that question, most of us would be very uncomfortable, getting a serious case of “Deer in the Headlights” reaction.
As people of Faith and as Christians, it’s time to think about the condition of our soul. What is the condition of our Faith? What is it that we value the most in life? When we find ourselves in difficult days, do we turn to prayer first, or do we turn to prayer as a last resort? Do we build our lives around Faith as we Trust in Jesus Christ, or do we try to make Christ fit around our lifestyle?
When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, things would have turned out very differently if they had said, “Well, Umm, I’ll see if I can fit it into my schedule, I’m pretty busy you know.” Christ asks us to follow Him. Like Peter, Andrew, James, John and the others, we too must make a decision. Do we build our lives around Him? Do we make the Leap of Faith to be fully alive and become who God created us to be?
The Lord cares deeply about our soul. He made a terrible sacrifice to save our soul.
“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
It’s only as we trust Him and give ourselves to Him, that our souls are healed. Only as we make Him a part of our days, our nights, our homes, our thoughts… our very lives, are we healed.
“Good morning. How goes it with your soul?”
In the Name of Christ,