The WEATHER Test-Are you a sailboat Christian, making progress in the Lord only if the winds are favorable and things go your way? Or are you a tugboat Christian, plowing right ahead according to God’s Word even though the gales are against you?
10 “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
The WORRY Test-If you trust, you do not worry; if you worry, you do not trust as you should. Haven’t you found that “He keeps him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him” because he trusts in God?
28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,”
The WORLDLINESS Test-Do you think as the world thinks, go where the world goes, act as the world acts? Does your life give evidence of having your affections set on things above, not on things of the world?
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
The WALLET Test-What proportion of your income last year was turned over for the work of the Lord?
30 ‘Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.
44 On that day men were also appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the first fruits and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions required by the law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who served.
The WORK Test-How much of your energy is being given to the work of the Lord, and is it a reasonable portion of what you are expending in the day-to-day task of making a living?
4 “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”
The SOUL-WINNING Test-Are you by life and lip presenting Christ so that He is attractive to those who do not know Him as their Savior and Lord?
30 “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”
5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,
6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.