They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. (1 Tim. 3:10)

Hate is a strong word, but if I’m honest, I was not a huge fan of testing of any kind when I was in school. Whether it was in-class, end-of-grade testing, or SATs, I loathed those moments when I had to sit down and concentrate on questions someone else thought were important for me to know. It seemed liked the whole year revolved around testing, which left little room for the creativity of the teachers and for students to learn in innovative ways. No political statements here about the educational system, just a moment of reflection.

Paul wrote to Timothy about testing too. Although this testing is not with a pen and paper or multiple choice, where you have to fill in circles with a No. 2 pencil. This testing relates to us as modern-day disciples who are challenged not only to remember what we’ve been taught but, more importantly, to live it. This text reminds us that this walk is challenging. Although the Holy Spirit is not passing out report cards, our lifestyle should be evidence that we are learning the lessons God gives and that we can apply them in a way that others will see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. Did you pass your last test?

Consider how God is testing you in this season.

Santes Beatty is director of multiethnic ministries for The Wesleyan Church.

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