[NOTE: Throughout the text, you will see bracketed text insertions that begin with “Discussion”. These are suggested discussion questions for small group leaders, who would like to review these topics in an interactive group setting.]
However, the coronavirus trial we are all in now is not all bad. It brings Christians an opportunity to analyze our spiritual maturity and goals—what we treasure in life. Can you better evaluate your spiritual maturity when life is going great or during an ordeal? How do you react when things that are important to you, get taken away? Do you get angry? How do you react when your comforts are taken away? Are you bitter or depressed?
Trials reveal your true level of spiritual maturity. Have you been trying to witness to some friends and family about Jesus? How you react during trials speaks ten times louder (1. Joh. 3:18; Jam. 2:17). Simultaneously, during these trials, you will see your weaknesses, after which you can humble yourself before God to request power to overcome and master these weaknesses through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in you.
When thoughts of worry and anxiety start bombarding your brain, it’s important you remember God’s will for you! Perhaps, you don’t know or remember his will for you, but you don’t have to run around searching. He reveals it clearly in his Word.
[Discussion: What is God’s prime objective in the life of a Christian? Is it for the Christian to have an easy, comfortable life or something else?]
If you don’t know God’s will for you, pay attention as I will reveal it now:
Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
God’s will is that you be conformed to the image of his son. If you are a Christian, if you have repented of your sins, accepted that Jesus died on the cross to pay the punishment God’s justice demands, then you can’t even outrun this. God says has predestined you to be conformed to the image of his son. How do you think that happens? How do you think you’ll become more like Jesus? By living on “Easy Street”, or through a series of character-building trials and tribulations through which God demonstrates his power and thus builds up your faith and trust in him?
I’m sorry, if nobody’s ever told this to you before, but after you become a Christian, your life will be a series of trials, or rather opportunities, to shape you into becoming more like Jesus. You lose your job, do you trust God or not? You or someone close to you gets a severe illness or even dies. How do you react? Do you trust God’s sovereignty and plans? Remember that nothing can happen in this world without the approval of God, and all that he allows to happen is for the benefit of us believers (Rom. 8:28). You can either believe this, or not believe, and thus accuse God of being a liar. However, let me tell you that he does not like being treated as a liar.
Stay tuned for part 5.
 Even Jesus himself was very clear to his would-be followers, that following him would not be easy. See (Luke 9:57–-62).
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