Have you ever really had to choose whether you will announce your faith in Jesus Christ and risk everything, or deny Him like Peter did?
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7
How often does your faith truly get tested? Have you ever really had to choose whether you will announce your faith in Jesus Christ and risk everything, or deny Him like Peter did? For almost 2000 years Christians have been forced to make that difficult decision. Even today oppressive regimes persecute Christians, constantly testing their faith.
This is a true story told by one of the first missionaries to enter Russia:
In Russia before the Berlin Wall came down and freedom to worship freely was against the law, many Christians were forced to get together in secret to worship the Lord. One group of Christians were gathered together in a simple house studying the Bible when suddenly the door was thrown open violently and three Russian soldiers burst in with rifles. One of the soldiers bellowed out that anyone who wasn’t a Christian could leave immediately but anyone who had come to worship God should stay.
After a moment of silence many of the people filed out of the house leaving a few people behind. One of the soldiers closed the door behind them and locked it, then the soldiers all put down the rifles and explained to the remaining few that they also were Christians but they only wanted to worship with true believers. Could you pass such a test of your faith?
In all likelihood you will never be tested like that but think about how you might be tested day in and day out. Perhaps it’s a rude comment you hear someone make about Christianity and you say nothing or an uncomfortable conversation with a nonbeliever you just choose to avoid.SKM: below-content placeholder