This past Tuesday I had a visit to the doctor for an annual checkup. The main reason was to get my blood pressure and cholesterol prescriptions renewed. Part of the visit included blood testing. It is amazing all of the things that can be determined by testing of a blood sample. The tests can tell if everything is OK or if there is a cause for concern that needs attention.
Many of our students are either in the middle of taking final tests or have tests coming up soon. Practically all students despise testing. Tests are typically seen as a mild form of torture inflicted by hard-hearted teachers. Think about it. If there was no testing in school then very few students would devote the time and attention necessary to learn the material being taught. It is not until later in life that most of us realize there is genuine value in testing. Then we wish we had paid greater attention to testing when we were in school. It is remarkable how quickly the school years pass. It does not seem so for the students. Some students—and perhaps teachers—wonder if the school year will ever end! But before you know it, another school is over.
That is pretty much the way life is. It is lived and then close to being over before you know it. Childhood to teenage to adulthood to parenthood to middle age to old age to eternity. Obviously that progression is sometimes cut short for some tragic reason. Just this past week we have seen that with the shooting death of Rogelio Santander, the 27 year old Dallas police officer, and the two teenagers who drowned while out at a senior skip day swim party from Granbury High School. Still, the usual life progression holds true for the majority of people. It is good for all of us to recognize the swift nature of this life as well as the transitions that inevitably come. That way you can recognize and cherish each stage of life. It is especially important to learn to cherish and appreciate the time you have right now.
As each person lives his or her life there is one form of testing that is vitally important. God had Paul write about it in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” This testing will determine your eternity. Remember the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27 about the wise man and the foolish man and His criteria that “…he who hears my words and does them is like a wise man…” Just as with blood testing or testing in school, spiritual testing can tell you if everything is OK or if there is a cause for concern. Test yourself and be a wise person by hearing and doing what Jesus says.