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Four Tests Every Christian Has To Take
“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” (Matthew 5:1-2)
Every Christian should take four tests. As a teacher, I give tests for two reasons.
- It lets me, the teacher, know if I am teaching the lesson in a plain concise manner. It lets me know if my teaching is effective.
- It also lets me know if the students are understanding it. . . if they are “getting it.”
We are all tested whether we realize it or not. High school students are tested by the scholastic tests they have to take: The SATs, the PSATs, and the SOLs. To get into graduate school, one must take the GRE- (graduate record exam). Doctors and dentists have to passed the Boards. Lawyers have to pass the Bars. Accountants have to pass the CPA exams. To work for some companies, you have to pass the company tests. I used to work for the US Postal Service, and I had to past the Clerk-Carrier Test to sort mail and to deliver mail. In order to drive, we must pass a driving test. We can’t escape taking a test some time in life.
As Christians we should not be exempt from passing certain tests either. There are fours tests we should pass with flying colors. And they are all alluded to in the two verses of our text.
This is the first test we should have to pass. What are we seeing? Every Christian should have corrective vision. Every Christian should have 20/20 spiritual vision. Since the eyes are windows of the soul, we should be seeing correctly.The scales should fall from our eyes, and we should be able to see with the eyes of Jesus. We should be able to see from God’s perspective. That’s why Saul was blinded for three days after his conversion experience on that Damasus Road so he could be purged to see through the eyes of Jesus. After three days, Saul passed the eye test.
In the Bible, Jesus healed a lot of blind people. Why do you think there are so many recorded incidents of blind people in the Bible? It is because a point need to be made that we should pass the Eye Test. There was blind Bartemaeus, the man who was born blind, the man Jesus healed with his spit, the blind lepers, and the list goes on.
Why did Jesus call the Pharisees blind guides? Even the physically sighted were spiritually blind. Sometimes we are so blind that we can’t “see the forest for the trees.” We have not passed the eye test.
When Jesus saw the crowds. This indicates that He was popular among the crowds. Every Christian should have to take a popularity test. And it should consist of two parts. Jesus always had a crowd following Him. They followed Him to learn from Him. They followed Him to be healed, delivered and made whole.
Crowds were always around Jesus. On the road to Jerusalem, the crowds were with Him when he healed blind Bartmeaus. The crowds were with Him when he healed the woman with the issue of blood. The crowds were with him when he healed Jairus’ daughter. The crowds were with him even when He was crucified. Crowds always were around Jesus because Jesus was POPULAR. Jesus passed the popularity test.
Jesus only spoke those words His Father told Him to speak. When Jesus didn’t know what to say, He consulted His Father. Jesus taught in a way that was pleasing to His Father. He passed the Vocabulary Test by teaching his followers in a way they could understand. He used parable. He used simple language. He taught them spiritual lessons by appealing to the ordinary and the familar.
Jesus passed the Vocabulary Test in that he was positive. He admonishes you to “Watch Your Language.” He encourages you by His example to pray the solution instead of the problem. He encourages us to pass the Vocabulary Test by being mindful of what we speak. Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be accepted in thy sight.”
This test is different from the first three. You could fail the first three, and still make it to heaven. But this fourth test, you must pass. There is no grading on the curb. Grading on the curb means taking the highest score someone has made and based everyone else’s grade on that. If the grade is 50, that becomes the standard. But a failure grade is not the standard just as a failing Christian should not be the standard. Jesus is the standard and we should all seek to measure up to HIM - the 100%.
In order to get to heaven, you must pass the BLOOD TEST.
At one time in order to get married, a couple had to take a blood test. They had to see if there blood was compatible to mix when they had children. Today, when a couple gets married, they no longer have to take a BLOOD TEST. Society has eliminated the blood test for humans to marry. But you can’t marry Jesus without accepting His Blood.