Test of Your Service

Test 2 of 9


1 John 2:3-6 says,

  • We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

  • 1 John 5:3 says,

  • This is love for God: to obey his commands.

  • There is no middle ground, all of those who confess to be Christians and yet do not obey God are liars, "and the truth is not in (them)". The basic commands are to pray (1 Timothy 2:8; 1Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 11:2- "when you pray", not "if"); do what Jesus wants you to do and not what you want to do (Matthew 16:24; Matthew 8:22); praise and worship God (Matthew 22:37; John 4:24); witness/evangelise/tell others about Jesus and their need for Him (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15); and fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:25); and as discussed in the first test, the Test of Your Affiliation).

    Is this legalistic? Well if it were, then John was a legalist! But the legalist will obey God out of a sense of duty, whereas a true convert will obey God out of love for Him. The legalist will feel that the things he is commanded to do is like work - he has no real desire to do it, but he'll do it because he'll be rewarded with Heaven afterwards. But the true convert will obey because he wants to give God glory, desires to please God, wants to be around God, and wants to be like God.

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    Questions:

    (Be honest with yourself! Data is stored temporarily for your eyes only. This also means you can go back and change your answers.)



    Do you pray to God regularly, and do you desire to pray more and/or just love praying?

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    What is the significance of desiring prayer? (expand/retract)


    Do you praise God outside of organised meetings, alone, on a regular basis?

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    Why "alone"? Why is that important? (expand/retract)


    Can you see more and more of your life being affected by what God wants you to do (because you ask and obey Him more and more), rather than what you want to do? Try to write these things down before answering (it's easy to think you're all good without writing it down or discussing it with a more mature Christian)

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    What about the decision as to what colour of socks to wear? (expand/retract)


    Do you witness/evangelise, with words - not just your 'lifestyle' - on a regular basis?

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    Why is witnessing with your lifestyle only, not obeying God's commands? (expand/retract)


    I support Christian missionaries/evangelists - does that count? (expand/retract)