Have you ever been excited about a test? Tomorrow Jack and I are both participating in testing to move forward in our Tae Kwon Do. Jack is testing for his green belt and I am testing for my blue. From the tests that we have participated in and watched in the past, we expect it to be hard but we also both expect to do well.
The reason that we expect to do well is that we go to class two nights a week every week. Then we practice kicks, forms and a thing called one-steps several times a week as well as stretching every day. In short, we’ve done the work so that we can be ready for the test.
Notice with me if you will 1 Corinthians 3:13 where we read…
“each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. ”
Wow! Now that’s a test. Did you notice that this is not a test of salvation, but rather of a believer’s WORKS. The word for works here is the Greek word ἔργον (ergon) and might be better understood by thinking of workmanship or how a person does a particular job.
1 Corinthians 3 is a picture of the coming of the Lord where we will give an account of HOW we have been serving the Lord. This test like everyone before it is nothing to be feared if you have been coming to class and doing your homework, but if you’ve been cutting the spiritual classes the Lord has put into your life then this test is the ultimate one to fear.
You might say, what about grace from the last post?
Remember this is not about salvation but bout an account for how we lived our lives. Those that would teach that grace removes accountability have taken it too far. Grace places us in God’s family and in God’s family like every family there are expectations of the family members. Grace will not and does not remove the accountability of being a part of God’s family, in fact it increases it!
Are you getting ready for your test or are you cutting class?