Good students are usually confident. They are not afraid to take a challenging class or ask the teacher questions. They do all their homework, attend tutoring and study for every test. So when it’s time to graduate, good students are not worried—they have peace because they prepared for finals.
Did you know the Lord tests all of His children? As Christians, we should be prepared for testing.
1 Chronicles 29:17, New Living Translation – 17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there.
In fact, our earthly life is one big “School of the Sons and Daughters of God” (Philippians 2:12-16).
Hebrews 12:7-9, Living Bible – 7 Let God train you, for he is doing what any loving father does for his children. Whoever heard of a son who was never corrected? 8 If God doesn’t punish you when you need it, as other fathers punish their sons, then it means that you aren’t really God’s son at all—that you don’t really belong in his family. 9 Since we respect our fathers here on earth, though they punish us, should we not all the more cheerfully submit to God’s training so that we can begin really to live?
The cost to enroll in God’s school is expensive, but the good news is our tuition has already been paid. The first graduating student, Jesus Christ, became very successful and inherited a fortune from the Kingdom of God. His Father (God) decided to offer full academic scholarships to any student who applies in Jesus’ name (John 3:16, John 1:12).
Students who successfully complete their course are guaranteed a position of authority in Jesus’ organization (Revelation 3:21). Now, Jesus is running the Kingdom of God for His Dad (God the Father), who has given him the highest position (John 3:35-36, John 10:28-30, 1 Corinthians 15:27).
Matthew 28:18, New King James Version – 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
What degree is offered to students? The successful candidate will have a Degree in the Character of Christ (Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:28-29). Those who graduate with honors will have greater rewards in God’s kingdom. Students graduating with honors not only have the character of Christ, but they also participated in the group project–building God’s kingdom on earth (1 Corinthians 3:9-18).
1 Corinthians 3:13-14, Living Bible – 13 There is going to come a time of testing at Christ’s Judgment Day to see what kind of material each builder has used. Everyone’s work will be put through the fire so that all can see whether or not it keeps its value, and what was really accomplished. 14 Then every workman who has built on the foundation with the right materials, and whose work still stands, will get his pay.
Jesus’ final test was to die on the cross for our sins. He passed with a perfect score.
Philippians 2:8-11, GOD’S WORD Translation – 8 He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, death on a cross. 9 This is why God has given him an exceptional honor— the name honored above all other names—10 so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel 11 and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
What is your final test? The Test Administrator (the Holy Spirit) often includes the “death” of something in our lives as part of our final. When we allow that “thing” to die, we graduate into our full potential in the kingdom of God.
We can pass every difficult test through the help of the Holy Spirit, our Tutor and Study Guide. We have all been placed in the right class and the right level. He has not given us a test that we cannot pass if we follow His instructions.
Romans 8:14, New Life Version – “14 All those who are led by the Holy Spirit are sons of God.”
Having problems with the course? Ask the Holy Spirit for help.
Romans 8:26, Living Bible – “26 And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying…”
Don’t stress over your test. Trust the power of the Holy Spirit (The Counselor). He helped Jesus graduate into God’s kingdom with honors and he will help you too.
Ephesians 1:19-21, Living Bible – 19 I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven, 21 far, far above any other king or ruler or dictator or leader. Yes, his honor is far more glorious than that of anyone else either in this world or in the world to come.