Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is – I Corinthians 3:13.
In Christianity everything is tested to reveal its motive, genuineness and purpose. Peter vowed he would never deny or leave Jesus even if it meant going to die with Him. Yet before the day was over he was put to the test and fell short by far. Our commitment, our worship, our faith, our loyalty, our faithfulness, the word we stand on and confess will go under scrutiny to reveal what sort it is. When the goings are good we all look, sound and act the same.
However, when the testing of our intent, authenticity and purpose comes there’s a distinction. This is the reason God sends His testing and revealing fire. Anyone can make big claims but until the test comes. Anyone may seem hyper spiritual but until they’re tested. Anyone may claim to be humble and mature but until their feathers are ruffled. Anyone may claim to be faithful and submissive until they’re exposed by fire.
The kingdom of God is not based on groundless, artificial claims. This is why Paul says the kingdom is not in word, but in power. Until we Christians essentially die to self and stop serving our desires, egos, narrow agendas and thinly veiled pride, we’ll not stop going around in the circles of deception, confusion, limitation and stagnation. We must learn to stand, because God blesses those who stand, not those who keep shifting the goalposts whenever they feel uncomfortable.
We must learn to overcome whatever situation we find ourselves in. It’s one thing to read, teach or preach about Joseph’s test stations, until we go through them ourselves. Going through them we will, but our own test stations. Everyone is a good, obedient, faithful and submissive Christian to their locale, until God allow conditions of offence, temptation, correction and discipline. These reveal a person’s true self. Ironically, Peter was warming himself at the fire when he began cursing and swearing vehemently denying any knowledge of or association with Jesus. The fire showed him up.