We often think of our faith being tested by circumstances, a major crisis like illness, loss of a job, or some other upheaval in our lives. But there is a far deeper test to our faith. When we sit alone with the Lord and our conscience, what do we honestly find in our hearts? Paul challenges the believers in Corinth as he was proposing to visit them for a third time, that they should do some self-examining before he comes to see where their faith stood.
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5). If their faith in the Lord Jesus was genuine, then Christ was in them and that truth should have a direct impact on how they lived.
There are times when persons question whether someone else is a true believer. Paul makes it clear that the ultimate evaluation of another’s faith is done by the Lord, not us. “God’s firm foundation stands bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19).
That statement does not prevent each of us from testing our own faith, as Paul suggests, and making sure we do not fail the test. In most cases, when we test our faith, we will realize there is a real need of strengthening and making sure we are building on the right foundation, Jesus Christ, with the right materials that build our relationship with Him (see 1 Corinthians 3:10-15).
When did you last put your faith through this test?
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