Your litmus test

2 Corinthians 5:17
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation” (NRSV)

Today’s Thought
The purpose of a “litmus test” is to see what something is really made of, to see what it really is on the inside.

This happens in science with different substances, of course. But it can also happen with people. Here’s what I mean.

I’m always looking for litmus tests for my faith. I know, I know—I’m kind of weird like that. But the idea is a good one: Am I really a follower of Jesus? Or am I just talking the talk?

Over the past few years I’ve had a little question that I ask myself. It’s a litmus test. I want to share it with you in case it’s helpful for you as well. Here it is:

“When was the last time I said or did something differently because of Jesus’ teachings?”

If we really believe that Jesus is the Lord of our lives (that’s a key Christian statement of faith), we can’t live like he doesn’t make a difference. Well, I guess we can; but if so, we fail the litmus test!

Jesus impacts. Jesus makes new. Jesus seeps (and sometimes explodes) into our relationships and decisions and priorities. Maybe it’s in how you approach a problem at school or work. Maybe it’s in the kind of person you are when you’re with your friends. Maybe it’s a life decision that you know you have to make.

I’m not saying we’re all perfect—we’re far from it. But Jesus is the eternal King who impacts your daily living.

So take the litmus test. The last I checked, integrity was pretty high God’s wish list for his kids.

“When was the last time I said or did something differently because of Jesus’ teachings?”

By Matthew Ruttan

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