A simple four fold test to determine authenticity

The more time I spend with Jesus, the more I come to understand how simple He expects His children to live. When the simple people in life wanted his time, Jesus was always available.

Luke 18:15-16 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Jesus not only made time for the ‘not so well known’ but He told us that ‘such is the kingdom’. I sometimes wonder that because there is no profit from meeting with a simple no-name person, many well known people avoid them. It would be like Jesus saying “I don’t have time for those troublesome children, we have pharisees and governors to deal with”. I also realize that when a person is well known the demands for their time increases greatly and decisions must be made about where to apply that time, so I cannot say anything other than this:

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

In reference to this passage we see that God rejected what the man of God accepted and God accepted something not even in Samuel’s view… David. The key aspect then in giving time and priority is not how important or well known the people are, but who God has chosen for you to spend it with.

The simple four fold test as I heard from Zac Poonen goes like this:

1. Did Jesus Teach it

2. Did Jesus do it

3. Did the Apostles Teach it

4. Did the Apostle do it

If all of these fail the test, then there is a high chance that it is wrong and you should reconsider what you are doing. I recently listened to a message from David Wilkerson where he shared many struggles and trials, and his challenge to maintain a faithful prayer life. What made my heart warm was when the president of the United States called to speak with him and his wife replied “I’m sorry David is busy in a meeting with the King”. It passes all 4 tests above and shows a dedication that few are willing to make.

One Response to A simple four fold test to determine authenticity

  1. Greetings Brother in Jesus,

    It is nice to see you again, looks like you and family are going on well for the Lord. I make mention of you in my prayers night and day appreciating

    the genuiness of your faith in Our Blessed God which is precious.

    “Its all about Jesus” Amen! share your faith in Him, keep up the good work.