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What Grade Are You In?

Fact: In school, students are promoted to the next grade when they have proven themselves as successful students and are able to pass all important tests. On the other hand, if a student is not able to prove themselves, they have to repeat the class until they are ready.  This strategy is no different in the kingdom of God.  As Christians, we are all in different grades, and we will not get promoted until we pass all appropriate tests.  When we can pass a test successfully, it confirms our maturity.

All Christians equally share rights to the benefits of God’s kingdom.  However, not all Christians access their rights; this causes them to be in various grades.  In fact, many people are not aware of what their spiritual rank is.  Do you know your rank? If you want to rank high in the kingdom, you have to actively grow in the Lord.  Take a look at the list below.  It reveals that immature Christians:

  1. Are just like real babies (cry and whine when they don’t get their way and make messes expecting others to clean it up).
  2. Don’t like criticism or instructions.
  3. Are selfish.
  4. Are easily offended.
  5. Demand attention.
  6. Lack discernment and are vulnerable to the enemy.

 Time to Grow Up

We should strive to attain a whole measure of fullness in Christ.  Mature Christians are God’s agents; they are leaders, committed to the work of the Lord, they are steeped in the Word and walk in their Godly authority.  Furthermore, mature Christians know who they are.

Ephesians 4:11 (The Amplified Bible)
And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.

Mature Christians live disciplined lives and keep their priorities which are God first, consistent church attendance and obedience to the Word of God (Hebrews 10:25, 2 Samuel 11:1, Luke 18:17).

As long as you live on the earth, you will be tested from time to time.  Tests are a part of life because they reflect your level of maturity.  When you are tempted to act against the Word of the Lord, remember that it is only a test.  Ask God for strength and pass your test so you can go on to the next grade.  The people that get promoted get more blessings and privileges.

 2 Timothy 2:15 (The Amplified Bible)
Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

Love,

Dr. Joyce Oliver

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