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The Greatest Test

Training for my first half marathon was quite a task. Each Saturday my running partner and I added distance to our long runs, testing and pushing ourselves more, praying we would not fail. As our running distance increased, so did our friendship. We were unknowingly growing in our faith together, as sisters in Christ, as we learned to rely on Him for physical and mental strength. The day we crossed the finish line is one of my proudest moments.

Just as finishing a 13-mile race is a success, so is walking in Christian faith. Paul tells us to examine ourselves to determine if our faith is genuine in his final advice to the Corinth church.  2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test.” Just as my friend and I were testing ourselves physically during our training schedule, we also need spiritual checks to determine if we are actively seeking Christ.

Christians are instructed to mature spiritually, to stand for the truth at all times, to greet each other with the love filled in our hearts by Jesus. We were never promised an easy life, but we will all pass the greatest test of all with our hearts and minds focused on growing closer to Christ.

Reflect:

  • Think about the friendships and networks you surround yourself with. Do you help each other grow spiritually? 
  • Do you feel as though you are being tested in a particular situation in your life? If so, test your own faith. Focus your eyes and your heart on Christ and He will provide the strength you need to succeed.

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