Monday, April 22, 2013

School is in session. Can you pass the test?

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”  
(1 Cor. 13:11)

When it comes to learning how to sound like a Christian, not many people have too much of a challenge memorizing the material they’ve been given to study. It’s similar to going to school and learning the subject of math. The bigger challenge is learning how to apply the formula to get the correct results. Many people know the Word, even the devil knows the Word, but how many have taken it beyond head knowledge and are applying it to their heart and after studying the material, are actually passing the tests?  We can quote Scripture all day long. That doesn’t make us a true child of God. Christ tests our obedience. He said, “If you love me, you’ll obey me (John 14:15),” not, ‘If you love me, you’ll memorize my Word!’ The information (Scripture) has to move beyond the head and take root in the heart in order to even begin to understand and ultimately pass the test.

What kind of grades are you getting? What’s your ‘Grade Point Average (GPA)? How many times have you had to take the same test over again because you kept trying to skip over necessary parts of the formula? Are you seeking extra help to get beyond your roadblocks?

Our Christian walk can be compared to our experience when we were in school. In order to understand something that we kept getting stuck at, we sought extra help from a teacher, a tutor, or someone who proved their understanding of the subject. They helped us to make sense out of where we were going wrong and they helped us to better understand how to work through the formula (if it were a math class) and after learning how to apply the information, our test scores went up.

The same type practice can be applied for those who sincerely want to grow in their walk with God. The Christian walk is not something you can do alone.  “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble” (Ecc. 4:10). Seek counsel from other mature men or women of God who have evidence of the right fruit in their lives. Whatever you have to do to move the knowledge from your head to your heart and whatever you have to do to successfully pass God’s tests is simply a matter of “doing what you have to do.” When God delivers us, He sets us free; Praise God, thank you Jesus! But, it is not His intention for us to stay in the same place. It’s not only time to grow up in Christ, saints, but it is time to pass to the next grade.

Prayer: Thank you so much, Father, for delivering us from certain death. Thank you for giving us the tools we need to grow in our relationship with You. Help us to apply your Word to our hearts so there may be evidence of true change in our lives. In Christ. Amen.