A few years ago, our family was very hurt when some really good friends (or so we had thought) tried to sabotage our adoption of a baby. They lied to the adoption agency and even told them we were bad parents to our own daughter. We were so angry and felt so betrayed!
Today, sometimes, people say they are employed "full time" or "part time" in this or that job or career; as Christians, we could consider that earthly work as how we make our living. But because we are "living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. What's more, you are His holy priests"
If you've been in school, you've had to prepare for an academic test or exam. You hear from the teacher, you read the book, and then hopefully, you can apply your knowledge to pass the test. Similarly, Christian life is full of tests and challenges. You've learned about Christ, and you read the Bible... But can you apply your godly knowledge to prove your faith? God lets life situations test us and....
Having a child has taught me a lot of things about meeting the needs of another person. As an infant, my daughter, like all babies, was unable to supply anything for herself. As she aged and grew, we've taught her to do more and more for herself. Our ultimate goal, of course, is for her to learn enough to become a secure, intelligent, Christian adult.