Somethings can carry a label, but when tested it becomes obvious it’s not authentic. What is advertised is not really what’s on the inside. It’s the same with anything we carry in life.
We are so quick to say…
- “Our staff is so loyal”
- “We have a great marriage”
- “Our church is united”
- “We are generous with our resources”
We can make a number of other statements that “advertise” what we think is authentic. But NOTHING is real until tested. And believe me, if you carry anything in your life that can do damage to the kingdom of darkness, it will be tested by fire!
…because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Â Â Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~ James 1
I guess my challenge and reminder is to walk in humility. I see too many leaders that make statements about who they are, what they have or what they will do before their “faith” in that area has been challenged and tested. And some don’t allow the testing to “finish it’s work” and they fall out.
Recognize when testing comes, and know it can’t be shortened. Embrace it and just “Stand!”