I have had and continue to have many trials in my life. A trial is a very difficult situation in our lives which is painful, and which we would rather avoid.
Now if God is a loving God, why would He allow trials in our lives? He could eliminate them. He’s all-powerful, isn’t he? So, why doesn’t He?
Fortunately for us, Peter answers the question. He says in 1 Peter 1:7 that the trials, “Have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
The obvious question becomes: What is so valuable about faith that it is worth more than gold, and furthermore, worth suffering for? Peter’s answer is that faith proved genuine by surviving through trials will result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. This is the moment in time Jesus will return to the earth.
Peter’s words have tremendous implications. They indicate that the quality of our faith in this life has a significant impact upon our next life. This truth should affect what we would ask for if we could ask for and receive anything we wanted. If I asked for money, power, a great spouse, obedient kids, a high-paying job, perfect health, or a host of other things, I would not be asking for the most important thing.
But if we ask for great faith, our request will be granted and it will have a tremendous positive impact on our next life. This is why Peter says that faith is of greater worth than gold, even worth the price of suffering.
The reason spiritual growth is also of greater worth than gold is that faith and spiritual growth cannot be separated. As you grow spiritually, your faith grows as well. These things will result in an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you that will never perish, spoil, or fade.
Spiritual growth is the most important thing in life. There is nothing in life of equal importance because there is nothing else in this life that will transcend into eternity with us. As for everything else, well, we know what they say…we can’t take it with us.