Every disciple of Jesus will at some point be tested… This testing should not be confused with the occasional chastening that we must endure but, this examination will test the limits of our commitment and is not ever easy. Many people are never tested and will not be admitted into the Kingdom because God did not think of them as being worthy of testing. This test of our faith is a necessary element of salvation because many believe that claiming Christianity is all that is necessary to achieve this incredible gift. Peter speaks of this trial of our faith in 1 Peter 4:12 “ Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:”. We are being told here two important aspects of our testing. One that it will, in fact, happen; and that it will be serious.
The Old Testament speaks of this aspect also. Isaiah tells of the trials that we will endure, and Job is not a story about patience but of his trial of faith. Throughout the Bible we see many examples of testing, most of which the people failed, just as it is today.
Considering the magnitude of the gift of salvation and everlasting peace in the presence of God, we must recognize that this testing is not going to be easy. Peter calls it fiery, which certainly indicates a difficult if not painful experience. Again, this is not like the chastening that we all experience but, this is a very serious and difficult challenge to our faith. It will be very hard and it will seem to last a very long time and it will be painful !!! But, as wesee in Job, when we have passed our test, God always rewards His children and we can expect our reward as well.
If any of you have gone through your testing, then you will understand the seriousness of the process and exit a better person with a great increase in your faith and have found a sense of peace that can be gleaned in no other way. If there are those who have not been tested as yet, wait, it will come… And, there are many that will never be tested. Unfortunately, testing is necessary to gain admittance to paradise and these people should examine the depth of their commitment as soon as possible. As long as we are alive on this earth, there is still time….