The 1 test Christians need to pass… for His reward
My sweet mama sang her little heart out when I was a child.
I remember tons and tons of accompaniment tracks….on cassette tapes. You do know what they are, right? There were no cd’s. Ha.
I loved dancing around while mom sang. I certainly cherish those cheerful memories.
I hated hearing “testing 1,2,3,4” repeated into the microphone. I prefer to hear a song for a vocal sound check.
“testing. testing. 1,2,3,4… testing.”
There aren’t too many words that make me cringe, but “testing” is one of them.
As a kid, I did fine on tests. I felt bad for those that shrunk under the pressure.
In all honesty, does anyone love tests? We all face them, though.
If the announcement is given that there will be a test, then one can prepare.
So, what happens when there’s no announcement?
Did I care for my loved ones in patience and kindness?
Did I find the way to let an offense roll of my back?
Did I surrender the burdens, concerns, and fears to God?
Did I seek God for wisdom when I felt someone was testing me?
Did I pray? Did I prioritize God’s word speaking into my life BEFORE I ventured into the tests?
On and on… testing…1,2,3,4… to infinity – so it seems.
We ace some.
We fail others.
We accept average scores.
What is the 1 test (as Christians) we need to pass?
We must please God.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Everything lines up beautifully in our lives when we keep that perspective.
Do you need a heart-check… a way of evaluating your own motives?
Do you need to love and give well in your relationships?
Do you need to trust and surrender fears and burdens?
If we focus on pleasing God…we will do well on the tests.
“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
Are you concerned that your efforts in life, or in a certain task are proving futile? What is the point to effort when trying hard and then facing continuous challenges?
Do the challenges bring you to the place of surrender?
I often think of Moses and the Israelites wandering in the desert. Their wilderness challenges lead them to grumble and complain… and God was not pleased.
When life gets uncomfortable, we either trust or complain. Our response is a good indication of our motives. Are we concerned with our own well-being… or the glory of God… whatever the outcome?
Today, the missionzera site was down due someone trying to hack my files. My site host recovered data and restored the site. In that first hour of “not knowing” and wondering if my hard work and posts would be lost forever… I had a talk with God.
“God do you WANT me to continue blogging? God, am I pleasing you through this process? If not, guide me accordingly. God, it is well with my soul… whatever the outcome.”
I seriously wondered what I might do if all information was lost in the worldwide wonder of the web… forever. I wasn’t sure. I knew I I would need to seek God’s will if I should start all over again… or not. In a few hours, the site was up with everything restored.
A few friends reminded me…
It was another test.
I determined to focus on God and trust Him in the process. I’m so thankful that God allowed restoration in this case. I felt rewarded!
We need to pass this 1 test …
we must focus on pleasing Him…
for the reward.
Read and click:
1 Peter 1:6-9New International Version (NIV)
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
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*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com