Monday, 11 October 2010

What if 1Corinthians 13 was Life's Final Exam?

I was never the sharpest tool in the shed so I dreaded exams in school. The ones I liked the best were true and false because I figured I had a fifty percent chance of getting the right answers. I really liked it when the teacher said, “Now grade your own paper.” This gave me an incredible sense of relief since no one else would know how many I missed.

I was inspired by Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love to examine how well I met the criteria laid out in 1Corinthians 13. I thought what if this was a true and false test, how would I do? I proceeded to put an “I” in front of the 15 descriptors of what it means to love. In part it looked like this:
I am patient – True or False
I am kind - True or False
I am not proud – True or False
I am not self-seeking – True or False
I keep no record of wrongs – True or False
I always trust – True or False

Well you get the picture. I figured if I did particularly well I would need to go back to “I am not proud”. Here would be the clincher – give this to my wife and ask her to be brutally honest as she worked her way down the list and ask her to give me her assessment of how well I fulfill the requirements of one who is loving.

Then I had this crazy thought. What if this was Heaven’s version of the SAT and my score, as determined by my wife would determine whether or not I was omitted. Fortunately this is not the case but God has every right to say to me “I gave you the questions that would be on the test. All I asked was that you love me the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and that you love your neighbor as yourself.”

If my entrance into heaven were reliant on my passing this test it would give new meaning to grading on the curve. Even though my eternal destiny depends entirely upon my acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior, at some point I am going to have to face my Creator and most likely he will ask me, “Did you love Me and did you love your wife as you loved yourself?”

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