A seat in coach may look fine until you see the people in first class with their seats that lay flat, who get chef-catered meals, and the like. That cell phone is adequate, but then you see the newest, smartest one on the market. It can be the difference between the GM beater and that brand new Gallardo. Most people, given the choice and especially if changing is advantageous, would choose the new over the old. Spiritually, that is definitely the choice to make–old man to new man (Eph. 4:22-24). But have you made the upgrade? Here are five tests to take to determine this.
Your Talk (Eph 4:25). Lay aside falsehood and speak truth to your neighbor because you care about him or her. How is your speech–deceptive, half-true, distorted, manipulative? Or are you transparent and truthful?
Your Temper (Eph 4:26). This does not mean free of anger, but it does mean a self-control that keeps anger from becoming sinful and wrathful. How is your temper–short, hot? Or are you calm and patient?
Your Tempter (Eph 4:27). Everyone has the same tempter. He is prowling and waiting for a way into our lives. Are you giving him opportunity or preventing such?
Your Trustworthiness (Eph 4:28). The contrast here is between stealing and honest labor, not taking but finding a way to give to the one in need. Do you earn or destroy trust?
Your Tastefulness (Eph 4:29). Paul has already addressed speech, but this is not about honesty or dishonesty. This is about wholesome words and strengthening speech, that which is timely, uplifting, and gracious. Are we savory salt or “poison” (Js. 3:8)?
Whatever you get, buy, or are given in this world, make sure you get that upgrade! Throw out the old! Pursue the new!