Posted by: Kim | February 27, 2014

4 COMMON CHURCH TESTS

4 COMMON CHURCH TESTS

CHURCH FAMILY - AN IMPERFECT GROUP OF PEOPLE ON A JOURNEY TO BEING PERFECTED IN CHRIST

A CHURCH FAMILY – AN IMPERFECT GROUP OF PEOPLE ON A JOURNEY TO BEING PERFECTED IN CHRIST

 

Being a part of a family comes with its ups and downs, its joys and sorrows, its gratification and disappointments, its trials and tests.

Being a part of  the church, God’s family is no different.

Here are four tests that you are likely to encounter at some point in your journey as a part of the family of God.

1) THE “NO ONE CALLED OR VISITED TEST”

Example

You are absent from regular worship services and other weekly activities for a prolonged period due to some adversity and no one who attends your place of worship contacts you or stops by to check on you to find out what is going on and/or offer you some encouragement, prayer and/or help.

What would you think? How would you feel? What would you say? What would you do? 

Considering your answers, in God’s eyes would you pass the “no one called or visited test”?

2) THE “THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE ME TEST”

Example

Your place of worship plans an event and you work extremely hard and play a key role in helping to make sure it is a success. During the event, you open the program booklet only to discover that your name was left out of the acknowledgement section and at the close of the event, the person doing the vote of thanks does not mention it either. There is absolutely no recognition of your personal efforts while others receive praise all around you.

What would you think? How would you feel? What would you say? What would you do? 

Considering your answers, in God’s eyes would you pass the “they did not recognize me” test?

3) THE “I SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE POSITION TEST”

Example

Your pastor appoints someone into a position that you would like to have, and indeed believe you should have because of your years of faithful service, personal support, financial contributions to the ministry, and/or gifting and qualifications.

What would you think? How would you feel? What would you say? What would you do? 

Considering your answers, in God’s eyes would you pass the “I should have gotten the position test”? 

4) THE “SEEING YOUR PASTOR’S HUMANITY TEST”

Example

Your pastor acts “out of sorts” or perhaps displays a rude, hurtful or uncaring attitude towards you, or you discover his/her previously undetected personal weakness or vice and it completely throws you for a loop.

What would you think? How would you feel? What would you say? What would you do? 

Considering your answers, in God’s eyes would you pass the “seeing your pastor’s humanity test”?

Being a part of a family comes with its ups and downs, its joys and sorrows, its gratification and disappointments, its trials and tests.

Being a part of the church, God’s family is no different.

What will you do if or when you encounter the 4 tests?

An important key is to be Spiritually led and not emotionally driven; to be more concerned about hearing and obeying what God is telling you than hearing and obeying what others say, feel or think, or even what you say, feel or think.

What will you do if or when you encounter the 4 tests?

May your decisions make you spiritually stronger and not weaker, more compassionate and not more calloused,  love more and not less, increase in wisdom and not folly, draw closer to God and not further away, better and not bitter, pass the tests in God’s eyes and not have to take them over and over again due to failure in His view.

SELAH!

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

(James 1:2-4 – The Message Bible)

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Responses

  1. I love how you ended your post with James 1:2-4!

  2. Thanks Deb…..that scripture immediately came to mind after writing the post and I think The Message Bible’s translation really brought the word to light…..:)

  3. As a deacon at my church, I feel the pressure of the other side of this, trying not to overlook when people are missing, trying to recognize everyone who came once four months ago and just came back, trying not to overlook anyone for positions, etc. Our church is especially hard, since it’s almost entirely made up of short-term teachers and students, so 80% of the congregation changes every year or so.

  4. I’m happy you made this comment David so that those who are not in leadership can be sensitized to the other side of these issues…..it is not easy to deal with and meet the needs of a congregation of people. Even when leaders put their best efforts forward, sometimes things or people are overlooked or in retrospect, not dealt with in the best way given a particular situation and someone is bound to take offense. I believe the Lord allows some of these situations to materialize in the church so that we as His people,can see where our faith-life truly is and where necessary to grow and mature more so as to not become so easily offended…..as James 1:2-4 states, “….You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors……”…….may we always aim for our colors to be pleasing in God’s sight.


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