Answer a few questions, and you can learn all about yourself. If you want to know what kind of personality you have, you can take a test and find out. (I’m a Melancholy.) There are quizzes that help you know what kind of colors you should wear. (I’m a warm autumn.) What kind of exercise best suits your body shape? (Apparently I need every exercise in the book.) There’s no end to the types of quizzes out there. What breed of dog should you own? What kind of spender are you? Which career should you pursue? With a few keystrokes, you can find out anything you want to know about yourself.
It takes a little more effort to really know yourself. In Psalm 139, David begins by saying, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me” (v.1). He ends the psalm by saying, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Test me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me” (v. 23,24).” And in between those two verses, we see David acknowledging that God knows him better than anyone. God knows everything he does and even thinks (v. 2). God understands him, everything about him (v. 3). God knows everything he says (v. 4). God is with him at all times (v. 7-12). God knows him from the inside out (v. 13-15). God had plans for him in His book before he was even born (v. 16). No wonder David asked God to test his heart, to help him know himself! Am I up to taking that test? It might look something like this:
Check the one that best describes you:
____A. I use the Word as my mirror every day to see the areas I need to change in order to look more like Christ (James 1:22-25).
____B. Many times I only use the Word when I’m preparing a lesson or trying to prove a point.
____A. I listen to people older than me in hopes of learning from their knowledge and spiritual maturity (Prov. 12:15; Psa. 25:9).
____B. I feel that older people are out of touch and can’t really relate, but I’m willing to tolerate them.
____A. I can’t do enough to show my gratitude and love for my Heavenly Father so I eagerly serve Him with my whole heart (Psalm 119: 34,35).
____B. If it’s not specifically mentioned in the Bible, I’m not doing it. Why go out of my way to do something I really don’t have to?
____A. I never want to cause anyone to stumble, so I’m careful about what I say and the choices I make. Just because I CAN do something doesn’t mean I SHOULD (1 Cor. 10).
____B. If I have the right to do something, I’m going to do it. It’s not my fault there are ignorant Christians out there.
____A. I build up the body of Christ by looking for ways to encourage others (Eph. 4:29).
____B. I’m not afraid to criticize the works and efforts of others, or point out their flaws and weaknesses. Somebody has to keep everyone else in line!
Your Results: If you checked more A’s than B’s, congratulations! Your heart is humbly trying to follow Christ’s example of compassion and commitment. If you checked more B’s, it could be that pride is keeping you from seeing your own shortcomings (Gal. 6:1-5).
This is just one example of how we can learn about ourselves from the Bible. If I want to know what kind of wife I am, how brightly I shine the Light, or my level of soul-winning efforts, I must be careful not to compare myself with others in order to feel satisfied or justified (Luke 18:9-14). For a true gauge, I must humbly and honestly turn to the One who knows me better than anyone else. I must be willing to put my heart to the test. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two -edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
Prayer for Today: Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me, and see if there is any wicked way in me.