Philippians 4:8 (CSB)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.
Have you ever taken a personality quiz, an enneagram test, or checked your horoscope? Do you know whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert? These can be helpful. For instance, we recently took a DiSC test at work to understand each other’s work styles and tendencies. We had fun seeing the different results, and it did help in some work situations. However, here’s a truth that’s become more evident to me over the years, especially as I walk with Jesus.
…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,…
Self-image, identity, and confidence is a big deal, especially in today’s society. Therefore, personality tests and horoscopes were created to assist us in this area. We take the test to determine if we’re a type A, B, enneagram 1-9, extrovert or introvert, etc. and then get boxed in. By setting up parameters of who you are or not, it’s easy to then make excuses for life outside of your comfort zone.
Hear me out!
…whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable…
I used to love taking these quizzes. It gave me a sense of self-worth. But it also put me in a place of complacency, confusing the truth out of me. We should be getting self-esteem from Jesus and Jesus alone. Personality profiles are helpful for a moment, but identity in and with Jesus is for a lifetime. Instead of boxing ourselves in and always looking inside, we need to look in the eyes of Jesus and know His light shines on us and through us. He is the only personality profile we should identify with.
What if I don’t know how to?
…if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy…
If there’s anything I learned about the Bible, it’s this: when you read it, it reads you too. The Bible is like a personality indicator. As you read it, you can see who you are. True, we don’t always make the right or perfect decisions. But does that mean we’re imperfect? No, it doesn’t. Born again, new creation, light, salt, a royal priesthood – you are perfect if you believe in Jesus. Your actions may not be, but that doesn’t identify who you are. In our sinful nature, we identified with sin because that’s all we knew. In Kingdom nature, we should identify with our Redeemer, who called us out of the darkness and into His glorious light (1 Peter 2:9), the one who created us in His image.
Back to quizzes and tests…
—dwell on these things.
When taking these, don’t let your results determine who you are or what you can and cannot do. The results are temporary because life is full of changes, whether we want it or not. Do and be your best with excellence!