Successfully Passing the Test

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-7

The mere fact of living is being constantly tested. Every day we pass through many filters at home, at work, at school, in relationships and even with God. There is no question of running away from the trails but to prepare for them and confront them courageously. There is nothing more rewarding than having passed a test successfully. Passing the test means to be approved and promoted to the next test, the next level.

Throughout my life I have been subjected to many tests. As a student of a long and difficult career, I have had many tests, some of them so hard that even professors allowed us to have open books to take them. I cannot say I passed all the tests, although most of them, but those which I did not pass I was getting up to go at the next opportunity.

In addition to receiving tests, I had to conduct tests for both my students and the various materials with which I have worked. My first job after graduating from college was a gold mine. There I had the opportunity to test gold daily, especially using fire assay. The fire assay is the quantitative determination in which a metal or metals are separated from impurities by melting processes and weighed to determine the amount present in the original sample.

The metals recovered from the fire assay are metals arising from melting the material in an oven, for Gold, usually at temperatures of about 2000 °F. The fire assay method is centuries old, but remains one of the most reliable methods for testing to determine the metal content in ores containing precious metals. Precision in sampling, preparation, testing, handling and weighing is extremely important in fire assay, because errors influence sometimes astronomical proportions in the final result.

In our relationship with God we will be tested to what the Scripture itself compares with fire assay to be practiced to gold. In the same way that gold ore is mixed with fluxes, we will be mixed with those who are part of the world. Then we will be introduced into a furnace, like gold, where high temperatures take us to the melting point. Finally, when we separated from the molten slag, we will be weighed to determine our value.

The apostle Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:15: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We will be tested, we should be diligent because we can pass so successfully the test and receive the accolade of being approved. Negligence and not paying attention to the Word will not help us to pass. God bless you.

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