Jan. 4, 2018

Facebook Quizzes and Other Assessments

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

Like most of you, I enjoy taking silly little Facebook quizzes. I’m told ads increase on my Facebook page because I participate in them, but they are so much fun. Aren’t they?

Unlike some of you, I enjoyed strengths and leadership assessments as an employee. I had four employers utilize these types of tools to discover ways to make teams more productive and identify key strengths in people. Of course, most of us do not focus on the positive strengths discovered by such assessments. We seem to focus on the less-than-favorable results. Most of us do not like to hear the things we do incorrectly or our weaknesses. However, I find the information very helpful and as much as I hate to admit it – true.

Self-reflection is a valuable tool in the Christian life. Far too often, we sit back in our easy chair thinking, “Ah…I’ve made it. I am so spiritually mature and, quite frankly, I know it all.” God examines our hearts and is aware of our motives. It is important that we willingly examine and expose those areas where our motives are impure, and our hearts are out touch. The Living Bible says it this way, “Check up on yourselves. Are you really Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ’s presence and power more and more within you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren’t at all?” 2 Corinthians 13:5

The prophet Micah, under the influence of the Spirit of God, made authentic godly living very simple and our motives crystal clear. If we claim to follow Christ, we must be just, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Regardless of how we act, God sees the heart. Again, He knows our motives.

I know you are tired of hearing me say that I believe Christianity has lost its purpose, but guess what? I believe Christianity has lost its purpose. We seem to be more concerned about who moves in next door, how much we are paying in taxes, who is crossing our borders and taking over (which is EXACTLY what we did, by the way), whose church is the most spiritual, and preventing lazy people from taking advantage of the system.

Be honest – how do those attitudes stack up with Micah 6:8? Now might be the appropriate time for me to meditate and take the assessment based on 2 Corinthians 13:5.