It is one of the supreme tragedies...that so many of us think so highly of ourselves when the evidence lies all on the other side; and our self-admiration effectively blocks out any possible effort to discover a remedy for our conditon.... The final judgment of the heart is God's. There is, nevertheless, a place for self-judgment and a real need that we exercise it (1 Cor:11:31,32).... For this reason I offer some rules for self-discovery.... We may be known by the following:
- What we want most. Ask your heart, What would you rather have than anything else in the world? Reject the conventional answer. Insist on the true one, and when you have heard it you will know the kind of person you are.
- What we think about most. It is more than likely that our [leisure] thoughts will cluster about our secret heart treasure, and whatever that is will reveal what we are. "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
- How we use our money. Again we must ignore those matters about which we are not altogether free.... But [how we spend] whatever money is left [after necessities] to do with as we please—that will tell us a great deal indeed.
- What we do with our leisure time. A large share of our time is already spoken for by the exigencies of civilized living, but we do have some free time.... What I do with mine reveals the kind of man I am.
- The company we enjoy. there is a law of moral attraction that draws every man to the society most like himself.... Where we go when we are free to go where we will is a near-infallibale index of character.
- Whom and what we admire. I have long suspected that the great majority of evangelical Christians...have a boundless, if perforce secret, admiration for the world. We can learn the true state of our minds by examining our unexpressed admirations....
These are a few tests. The wise Christian will find others.
A. W. Tozer, That Incredible Christian