We've all been enjoying a plethora of various personality tests and quizzes on Facebook in the past few weeks. I, personally, have discovered that I "am" Snow White, the Evil Queen, Bones from Star Trek (the original series), that I "should" be a writer (good thing THAT quiz came out right!), and that I "should" live in Paris (tell my husband!)... among others.
Don't get me wrong, these quizzes are fun. Most of them are silly, some are actually rooted in psychological studies and testing, and all of them are an entertaining way to #1) Waste time and #2) Identify with each other. They aren't meant to guide your life, or decide your future, or limit you to a finite character with no hope of growth or change.
What if God had an app, and offered daily quizzes for us to identify where we're at spiritually? Can you imagine?
"Which Apostle Are You?"
"What's Your Pharisee Score?"
Now, I don't know about you, but I've taken some quizzes and NOT shared my results. Why? Because I didn't like the results. I have a feeling if I ended up with a "Jonah" or an "Eve" or a "Judas" or "Doubting Thomas" or an "85% Pharisee" score I would hesitate to share those results with friends and family.
The thing is, we've got a quiz we can take every day, and, unlike the mysterious results of those online quizzes, this one is an open-book test. Wherever we come up with unappealing results, we have the immediate opportunity to change.
Where do we find this quiz? In the Bible. You can call it the "In Him" test. Take a concordance (thank heaven for online Bibles... remember those giant concordances?) and look up the words "in Him" and "in Christ" in the New Testament.
If God had a personality test for you, those would be your results. Naturally, they would be individually colored and uniquely shaded, but the words... accepted, chosen, redeemed, etc... are the framework of who we are as believers, as children of God. And where we miss the mark, where our results are not desirable, He offers forgiveness and grace to change, grace to become the very best we can be in every area: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and social.
So the next time your ID feels a little shaky, before you whip out another personality test online to see who you are, pull out your Bible and ask God to use those ancient texts to reveal your real "test results."