Monday, May 11, 2009

UL Listed Life

Part of my responsibility as a fire inspector is to ensure that products are properly "listed" for their intended use. An organization called Underwriters Laboratories (no doubt you have seen their "UL" mark on household items), puts various items through a rigorous testing process to certify them for their planned purpose.

For example, if a building requires a 2 hour fire wall it must be installed according to UL specifications. If there are any openings (doors, windows, etc.) in that "rated" fire wall they must have an equal UL listed, "rated" door/window/etc. Also, various products must be UL listed or they are not permitted (kitchen hood systems, surge protectors, extension cords, etc.).

At the UL facility, they have massive furnaces that these various products/assemblies are tested in. If a new product wants to be accepted worldwide it must pass all the UL tests.

In the following video we witness a window, and its assembly, going through part of this process, the hose stream test. One window assembly passes the test, another is seen to fail.

James 1: 2-4 says this, "Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing." (HCSB)

Just as the above windows must endure a series of trials to ensure that they are not lacking any manufacturer integrity, as Christians we endure the same trials.

James says to "count it all joy" when we go through times of hardship, trial, and testing. It is in these times that God is making us mature and complete Christians. As we endure these things our walk and relationship with Christ is strengthened, and we grow closer to Him.

The "believer" who lacks faith will fail these tests of endurance.

As a Christian, has your life passed the test of endurance? Have you gone through various trials, and tests, only to come out "mature and complete"?

Just as the products that pass the UL process gain the coveted "UL listing", as a Believer, have you passed the test of endurance, is the life you live worthy of the label, "Christian"?

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