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The Next Level

Are you ready for the test?
Haven't we heard the teacher is always quiet during a test? 

That's true and I would go a step further and say the student is also quiet. At least a great student should be. Silence is important in order for the student to concentrate and focus on passing the test. 

In God's kingdom He's generally quiet when we're going through the test (and sometimes the testing phase).  After the test is over the grade determines if we will pass to the next level. If we pass we will be set aside to be useful to God and suitable to good work (2 Timothy 2:21). 

How many of us will move on? How much do we study? Did we listen in class? Do our homework? 

Going to the next level requires intentionality; diligence, and plain old hard work. Retention is out of the question if we want to see advancement. All of that means staying focused on God's success plan. Remaining committed to Him. Reading His word (the bible). Weeding out distractions. Being alone to go over the material. Learning to hear His voice. Praying. These are only some of the key elements of what it takes to be successful in any endeavor with God in the midst. 

"An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules" (2 Timothy 5).

"It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops" (2 Timothy 6).

"...the Lord will give you understanding in everything (2 Timothy 7b).

"Do your best to show yourself approved (after the test, my words) by God, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

Who's ready for the next grade? What will our report card say? 


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