We assume we have mastered a lesson until we get another test some time down the road. Our grade on the tests reveals if it is necessary to relearn the material. In school, I tried to be diligent about studying for upcoming tests. I often passed the initial test. However, there were some instances where I did poorly on the final exam at the end of the semester, especially in math. This was a clear indicator that I had not mastered the foundational skills necessary to retain the material. I didn’t fully get it. Truth is, some lessons must be revisited.
Here I am at the end of the year taking inventory and asking honest questions, “Did I learn the material the Lord was trying to teach me, did I REALLY LEARN the lesson? Did I go around the SAME MOUNTAIN all year, or did I graduate? Have I made progress?” The Christian life is all about progress. We move from glory to glory(2 Corinthians 3:16-18). We press towards the mark of the high calling (Philippians 3:14). We allow the one who began a good work in us to continue it until its completed (Philippines 1:6).
As I sit and reflect, I encourage you to do the same. What lessons did God teach you this year, have you mastered them? Are you ready to go to the next level, or do you need to sit in class a little longer? I pray that 2018 finds us all in a place of total obedience and a made up mind to learn all the Lord wants to teach us.