“Alright pick up your #2 pencil…”

I am a horrible test taker, I have said it and I will always say it because I have history and some awful test scores to prove it. Even this summer semester I would study, study, study and could not crack over an 86, talk about frustrating…..AHHHHHHH

At times I feel like I fail at tests of life like…

“Man, I shouldn’t have snapped at my wife like that, she didn’t deserve it”   FAIL

Or…

“I should have spent more time with the kids today, but I choose to work late”  FAIL

Or…

“I shouldn’t have be so defensive when my boss corrected me”  FAIL

Or… if there was a wrong that needed to be righted and you did nothing?  FAIL

Or if you’re in ministry…

“Man the message did not go as well as I thought” or “The worship set bombed!!!”  FAIL

I don’t know about you but I have FAILED multiple times, with multiple people on multiple occasions. At times it seems like I FAIL more than I succeed. Well…at least that is my perception at times. Which leads me to this question…

Because I fail to pass the tests at times with people, relationships, commitments, etc… How do I know if I am ready for the test that God has given me? My past experiences tell me NO. This really concerns me. I wrote about how I “do the things I shouldn’t do and I don’t do the things I should”, and this is a struggle with me. God I know is a loving God, but he is also a God of Justice too. I teeter on those things.

I am comforted by  the scriptures…

1 John 2: 1-2

I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole worlds

Hebrews 4: 14-16

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

I have been on a kick saying this but it holds true. “Christianity has been called a crutch for the weak minded”…I would say that is not the Christianity that I hold onto. Christianity is the hardest discipline out there. It isn’t for the weak, but it is the weak that gives Christianity the bad name. These are the hypocrites, the fake people, the homophobes, the closed minded empty Christians that confess Christ with their mouth and live in a way that defiles HIS name…this is not the Christ I follow and to you that say “I will never follow God, because of those types of people” and you have a valid point, these people have FAILED the test, but stop for one moment…Christ isn’t asking you to follow those people, he is asking you to follow HIM.

When it is all said and done, when my life is over and the test is done with all I want to hear is…

Matthew 25:23 – His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

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