What would you do if someone offered you a one hundred dollar bill which you knew was counterfeit? If you took it, you may be able to spend it undetected, but you would also weaken your own economy.
This was the situation which merchants in Athens faced in the first century. And those merchants who refused to accept coins that weighed less than their stamped value were known as “approved” merchants.
It is in this sense that we are commanded to prove what is acceptable unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:10). We are to try it for authenticity and excellence.
In this Growth Points video, I mention three areas of our lives that we must be continually “proving”—evaluating for what is acceptable to the Lord.
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We may get away with unproven areas in our lives—but ultimately in doing so we weaken our testimonies, our society, and our ability to influence a world for Christ.