Creekstone’s summer youth coordinator, Jeff Leopard, came up with some great diagnostic questions to ask in order to determine the degree of present, functional gospel impact in my life. Since we either live out of self-righteous pride that needs to be right and look good or out of a genuine humility that has been freshly exposed to the cross, where we receive Jesus’ rightness (righteousness), these questions help me see what a tight grip the flesh continues to have on my heart. When I recognize that, I can reject the flesh and be filled with the Spirit, who reminds me anew that I am covered in the perfect righteousness of Jesus and enables me to say yes to these diagnositc questions, thus revealing that Jesus’ record given to me really is my functional righteousness.
- Am I open to other people’s ideas?
- Do I listen more than I talk?
- Am I open to changing my opinion based on new information?
- Do I readily admit when I am wrong?
- Am I willing to ask a question that will reveal my ignorance?
- Am I willing to ask for directions?
- Do I receive criticism as helpful correction, or do I respond defensively?
Thanks, Jeff. I found this very helpful!