By Barb Leaman
What’s up with all those Facebook personal online quizzes? The questions are really off the wall and probably only focus on one of our answers anyway. And why do we even care to take them? Do I really need to know what my personality flavor is or if I were a Native American, what would my tribe be? I usually scroll right past them, but occasionally one will catch my eye & I find myself hitting “Let’s Play”. I certainly don’t share the results online as it gives me the option to do. What if the results were less than flattering! Also I suspect my hundreds of BFFs on Facebook only share the results that put them in a good light anyway. But sometimes I rather guiltily fall to the allure of some topic such as “What my name should’ve been based on my personality“. But why do we do this? Who knows me better than me? That’s when I remember there is One who knows me far better than I know myself.
Luke 12:7 tells us that every hair on our heads are numbered, (#342-397 were very unruly today, but I digress). This verse goes on to tell us, “Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows”. Plus we know “Not one of them will fall to the ground” without our Father knowing about it. If the God of the universe knows about the fall of a little songbird, He knows me inside and out.
When I start thinking pretty highly of myself because a quiz result is very flattering, I realize we don’t really know the extent of our sin. Our prideful hearts lie to us. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” God certainly does! He sent His beloved Son to take on His wrath to “pay a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay”-Samuel Rutherford. When we start to feel like we’re “all that”, we need a dose of Isaiah 40 and Psalm 139.
The more we fix our eyes on Jesus, the less we need to even consider ourselves. Along with John the Baptist we can say, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). We don’t need to worry about self-esteem, how we feel, who we are apart from Christ. The more we consider Christ, the view is breathtakingly brilliant!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, my tribe would be Sioux as I value friendship & laughter (OK, they nailed that one) and my personality flavor is vanilla because I’m a low maintenance gal who prefer happiness over material things. And come to find out, my name based on my personality should’ve been Sarah. But I don’t need online quiz results to know who I really am. I am a child of God. I am His heir, and fellow heir with His Son (Romans 8:17). If you are a born again believer, your true identity is in Christ. The God of all creation made you! You are a child of the King!