What You Are Really Like

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration MinistriesSeptember 17, 20182 Minutes

It is thought that Euripides was born in Athens, Greece, in September 484 BC. One of the most important creative minds in history, he wrote ninety-two plays, of which nineteen still exist.

During his lifetime, he developed a rivalry with Sophocles, who won 24 “victories” in Greek festivals. In contrast, Euripides “won” only four times. The two had different points-of-view. Sophocles tended to write characters who were larger than life, but Euripides focused on real human beings, who had flaws, doubts and problems.

Writing a hundred years after these men lived, Aristotle provided this contrast: Sophocles “drew men as they ought to be, and Euripides as they were.” The plays of Euripides had particular impact because they helped people to see reality, about themselves and others.

As Euripides observed, some people develop distorted ideas about themselves, and don’t really know what they are like. In similar ways, the Bible describes those who look at a mirror for a moment, and then forget what they have seen. They are quick to explain away their actions, and justify whatever they do or say.

But God has given us the Bible, the “perfect law,” that we might know how to live, and see ourselves more clearly. When we allow the Holy Spirit to examine us, His Word can reveal deep, unbiased truths about our lives.

Today, don’t deceive yourself but look closely into God’s Word. Let His Spirit search your heart and mind. Let Him reveal what you really are like, not how you want others to think you are. Then, put His Word into practice. Let Him change you.