Begin your challenge
The purpose of the 21 Day Challenge is to help Christ followers to reprioritize their relationship with Jesus by getting back into the habit of spending daily time with Him. It’s been said that it takes 21 consecutive days to form a habit. And guess what? The gospel of John, the most personal and close up account of Jesus just happens to have 21 chapters! If you are searching for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Jesus or if you are just curious as to who Jesus is and what He taught then we invite you to take the challenge by using these simple questions to get started.
In order to better reflect upon your time with God, you’ll also want a journal and a pen. There is no one method to drawing near to the Lord, but the steps below will help you begin an intimate journey with God.
1 | Request
Take a moment to pray asking God to teach you what He wants you to know about Him. There is power in asking for this specifically. Everyday ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you with the help of His Spirit.
2 | Read
Take your time. Read one chapter of John a day. Make note of key repeated words such as believe, life, and truth. Highlight any verses that speak to you as you are reading.
3 | Reflect
Write down the answer to one or more of the following questions:
What verse or verses spoke to my heart and why?
What does Jesus want me to know about Him today?
What does Jesus want me to do?
Who can I relate to in this passage?
4 | Respond
Write a letter back to Jesus sharing your thoughts and questions. And don’t forget to thank Him for His presence in your life!
Get A Daily Devotional
Take the 21 Day Challenge online by joining the Pocket Testament League and receive a daily devotional. Membership is free and you get access to other complimentary resources to help you learn how to share the gospel of John with family and friends who are open to learning more about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Where to go from here
These are the questions most frequently asked after someone completes the 21 DC. The beauty of the 21 DC is that you can use the same format and apply it to the other gospels in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Or you can get creative and come up with your own questions that you have for Jesus and go through the gospel of John again looking for answers to the questions you have been struggling with or wondering about such as …
How did Jesus respond to people’s needs and questions?
What were some of the titles given to Jesus by those who heard Him speak?
If I had been a disciple following Jesus around how would I have reacted to the things Jesus said and did?
One of my personal favorite challenges that I have done based on John 6:63 where Jesus says, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life,” is to read a chapter a day in John and record only the words that Jesus spoke. Powerful!!!! But it might take you longer than 21 days.
Whatever your method just keep going! Continue to pray and ask Jesus to give you the desire and discipline to say no to distractions that keep you from seeking Him daily and prioritize time alone with Him and His word. You will never regret it!