14 Nov Passing the Test
We don’t like being tested and tend to avoid whatever makes us uncomfortable. Yet at the end of every year thousands of school children have to pass their exams to advance to the next grade.
Jesus lay down His life so that we who are foolish and defeated may reign in this life right now. But how do we know that the wisdom to do this is established in our hearts? Through tests.
Romans 5:17 (The Passion Translation)
Death once held us in its grip, and by the blunder of one man, death reigned as king over humanity. But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!
When the Springboks recently won the Rugby World Cup it was the culmination of months and years of training and discipline. It was a test of their ability and they passed with flying colours!
As Christians we face tests on a regular basis. Yet it seems that we want the glory without the test. We want the prize without training for the event. We want the acclaim but we don’t want to put in the hours of practice. The word ‘test’ is mentioned 148 times in the Bible and the majority of these are in the New Testament. Jesus Christ Himself was tested repeatedly. And so will we be.
Let me be clear: God will not test you with sickness, disease or calamity because Jesus died on the cross to redeem us from that. Nothing will change your righteous standing before God if you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. But the Bible is clear that in this life we will face tests. Why?
The purpose of a test is to show us what we have learnt and what we still need to learn. The good news is that when you are being tested it is a sign that promotion is coming. So don’t think that you are being tested because you’ve done something wrong. It may be because you are doing something right! And God wants you to graduate to the next level.
Although we are not tested on our righteousness because that comes from Christ, the Bible does mention several things that we will be tested on: our faith, our works, our obedience and our love. (Click here to listen to the messages that explain theses tests.)
Don’t let tests get you down. See them as stepping stones to promotion. Receive the Lord’s grace for the test that you are facing!