Right now there are links to
“Which Disney character are you?”
“What does your nail polish color say about you?”
and my favorite,
“What would you do for a nap right now?”
These quizzes are popular for a reason. We all want to know more about ourselves, to get insight into who we are, what we’re about. They’re a chance to look in the mirror and decide if we like what we see.
While those are silly examples, quizzes and lists can be incredibly valuable. Writing to the church in Ephesus, the apostle Paul gives the church a simple quiz. If it was in your social media feed now, it might be called “Are you living your way or God’s way?” It comes from Ephesians 5:13-26.
Take the quiz below and see how you do.
If you’re trying to live your own way, you have:
- Repetitive, loveless, cheap sex
- Stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage
- Frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness
- Trinket gods
- Magic-show religion
- Paranoid loneliness
- Cutthroat competition
- All-consuming, never satisfied wants
- Brutal temper
- Impotence to love or be loved
- Divided homes and divided lives
- Small-minded pursuits
- Depersonalizing everyone into a rival
- Uncontrollable addictions
- Ugly parodies of community
If you’re living God’s way, you have:
- Affection for others
- Exuberance about life
- Willingness to stick with things
- A sense of compassion
- Conviction that basic holiness permeates things and people
- Involvement in loyal commitments
- Ability to direct energies wisely
How did you do? That language is from the Message interpretation of the text and is powerfully blunt. Do you like what you see when your life is examined? Does God?
Here’s the real question: What are you willing to do to make your life fit the description of group two? To live compassionately and affectionately, to live exuberantly and with conviction. Are you willing to change anything? Are you willing to change everything? Are you willing to bend the arc of your life slowly to follow in the footsteps of Christ?
That’s what we’re doing, as individual disciples and as a church. We’re bending our lives to be more like Christ every day. And when we start to see less of box one and more of box two in our life, we know we’re on the right track.