It’s still hard for me to believe that a few weeks ago I made a move from the great State of Oregon to the panhandle area of northern Idaho. The move has been great for the whole family, and everyone is settling nicely into the new home, schools, neighborhood, and in my case, a new office. I have moved a lot as an adult, so much so that my siblings often refer to me as their “nomad brother.”
While it is true that I love exploring new places, one thing that I hate about moving to a new state is the need to get a new driver’s license. The problem with getting a new license is that it requires taking a written test. You would think that after decades of taking tests, I would get used to them; but the process can still be nerve-wracking.
Still, test-taking is something that everyone has to do. Throughout our school years we have weekly exams in spelling, math, reading, and so on. As we enter college or graduate school, we are faced with entrance and placement exams. We’re all thankful that doctors, dentists and even lawyers, take skill and knowledge tests in order to practice their crafts and be able to work on big firms as Tenenbaum Law; also hair-cutters, massage therapists, and nail technicians have to be tested in order to get their licenses. Prior to entering full-time ministry work, I had a construction and hazardous materials business. Doing that type of work required me to pass tests for my contractor’s license, EPA and OSHA hazmat material handling certificates, Commercial Driver’s license with a hazmat endorsement, plus much, much more. Heck, even a sporting event is a test between the “con-test-ants.” So whether we like them or not, tests are a regular part of our lives.
Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who hasn’t had to undergo a lot of testing in your life. But the fact is that there is one test everyone must take—no exceptions granted. Whether we want to or not, we must all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ where we will be judged (tested) to see if we receive everlasting life with him or not. This will not be a multiple choice exam, but a “Pass-Fail” test based on how you lived your life.
Have you ever disobeyed God? If you have, then you flunk, because God has told us that all sin equals automatic death (fail). The only absolutely sure way to pass this test is to accept Christ as your Master, believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead (Rom. 10:9,10). When you do that, he becomes your substitute—your legal test proxy—and you will pass with flying colors!
2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.