WILL YOUR LIFE STAND THE TEST
Before any new product is put on the market, it must meet certain standardsóit must be put to the test.† Automobile producers have special tracks with all kinds of road conditions, and whenever a new design or a new part is introduced, the car must be put through the most grueling of tests.† If it will not stand up under the strain, then it is discarded.
††††††††† Many years ago, to protect our health, the Food and Drug Administration was set up.† Before a food or a medicine is placed on the market, it must meet certain health and safety requirements.† If the standard† is not met, then the product is condemned.
††††††††† So it is with God and mankind.† God created man a free moral agent, placing before him good and evil, salvation and condemnation.† (Deut.30:19).† On the day of judgment, our lives will be examined; this earth is our testing ground; Godís Word is the standard by which we will be judged.† Heaven will be the reward for those who pass the test, and eternal destruction the punishment for failure.† Will your life stand the test?
††††††††† You can know whether or not you are coming up to Godís expectations because in the New Testament, God tells us clearly what he expects of us.† Briefly stated, here are Godís requirements:† Faith in God and in Jesus, his Son (John ; Heb.11:6); Repentance (Acts ); Confession of Christ (Rom.10:9,10); Baptism into Christ (Gal.6:27; Acts ); and a faithful Christian life (1 Cor.15:58; Heb. 10:25-31).† Your life can stand the test, but it requires diligent effort.† The key to a successful life is an undying love for God.†