“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test” (2 Corinthians 13:5)?
The most difficult examination to be faced isn’t in an academic setting, but rather, it is the self-examination of one’s own life and faith. What drives you? Some explain away their reckless and careless lifestyles to peer pressure. It’s a victim’s mentality. The disciples of Jesus do not have peer pressure, we create peer pressure. We are not a cowering down, defensive stronghold. We are a bold and principled army; infiltrating our world as an offensive movement. Spiritual maturity recognizes that the life of faith isn’t just a response to the offering of God’s grace, but it embraces also the responsibilities of obedience, influence, and accountability.