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Would You Pass the Test for the Mission Field?

September 28, 1997 - Would you pass the test?

The story goes that a missionary candidate was being interviewed for going to the mission field. The examiner told the candidate to show up at the building at 3:00 a.m. for the interview. The room would be open. The candidate appeared at the appropriate time. The examiner however, showed up at 8:00 a.m., five hours later.

The interview went something like this:

    Examiner: 'First, can you spell?'

    Candidate: 'Yes.'

    Examiner: 'Please spell cat.'

    Candidate: 'C-a-t.'

    Examiner: 'Right, now let's see how you do with math. What is two times two?'

    Candidate: 'Four.'

    Examiner: 'Right again, you have passed the test, and I believe you are a fit candidate to go to the field, and will recommend you to the Board.'

The candidate left perplexed, but the examiner made the following report to the Mission Board:

"I believe this young man has all the qualifications to be a missionary, and let me explain why.

First, I tested him on self-denial. I told him to be at the Boardroom at 3:00 in the morning. He left a warm bed and came out in the cold without a word of complaint.

Second, I tried him out on punctuality. I was hiding there, and he appeared on time.

Third, I examined him on patience. I made him wait five hours to see me, after telling him to meet me at three in the morning.

Fourth, I tested him on temper. He failed to show any sign of it; he didn't even question my delay.

Fifth, I tested his humility. I asked him questions that a small child could answer, and he showed no offense.

He meets our requirements, and will, I believe, make a fine standard bearer for the Gospel."

The testing of our faith works patience, and when patience has its finished work, we are made perfect and complete, lacking nothing, according to the Book of James. (James 1:24)


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