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Passing the Test
Krissy, 18

Verse:
 

"Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

"For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps." 1 Peter 2:21

 
Lesson:
 

Have you thought about how you are going to feel in heaven when your work is being tested?

I'm sure when we see others have used their time and gifts better than we have it will pierce the heart. The way I read about our work in 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 our work will be stacked up beside us and the Lord will set it on fire and it will be tested to see what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are."

We are to be working and building. I was reminded that I shouldn't be wasting my gifts. Have you ever been to the point that it's not worth building? Have you been to the point that you and the friend don't see things the same and you have to give them up because if you don't than you will compromise? I have had to do that a lot lately. I have ones that can't forgive me, I have
ones that have forgiven me and I'm thankful but I have given up several and that makes me want to give up all of them so they don't have to deal with me.

We are to be examples!!!! No matter how tired we get or how unfair it is...we are to build our example to be Christ like!

Being an "example" that is a very tall order given us. We are called to be holy and righteous and not given into things of the world and yet it is just that very thing that causes us to lose friends or give them up in my case. You are joining with them?

Almost every one of my lists (the ones that talk anyway) I have upset someone to leave my friendship or I have left them. Why do I leave when they are willing and some even insist they will not stop being my friend no matter what I do or say? I leave because I feel I am not the example they should be close too. Now, you are going to say, "Krissy, why do you feel you are not a good example?"

I preach, "live better lives, put your faith and trust in God." The fact is I haven't been able to do that myself lately. With a bunch of trials from God I have just laid down like the mule and said, Why should I care about friends and I have given them up and refused to take knew ones. I don't want the pain of them and I'm tired of being the example. Who cares anyway no one is
listening!!

God cares!! He cares that we are struggling that we have those that don't believe we are trusting. We have those who say net friends aren't real. That one always gets me most. We have those saying all the time God is love and being good is enough.

What will we feel when our stack burns to an inch and you are standing by someone who's stack won't burn or all those around you have stacks over their heads and yours you can't see? We will suffer loss it says, so we will feel our "waste" of time with our gifts.

It's not a time to be playing around and joining others. It is a time to be setting examples even if we are all alone doing it.

 
Prayer:
 
"God, give us the courage to exercise your faith daily and grow stronger in Jesus Christ." - Amen

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