Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Doing God's Work

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16,17

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:2

You may say you are getting ready by studying and listening to teachers who teach the Word. There is a time to study, but it is WHILE you work.

PRAY + STUDY + DO = The will of God

When Jesus called His disciples, He called them for an immediate commitment to follow (accompany) Him. To leave all and to learn of Him as they went. Not to learn all and then go.
I am not talking to new Christians, (though they are the most likely ones to heed this call).

I am talking to you Christians who fall into the category of Hebrews 5:12,13 : "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use (practise) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14

The Spirit of God is saying through Paul, that if you are knowledgeable about how to use the Word accurately, then you are a baby, but if you can discern between what is of God and what is of the devil, then you are mature (of full age), and ready to go to work in the Kingdom.

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. Hebrews 6:1,2

Paul talks about going on to perfection or maturity and completeness. He says that once you get a good understanding of the basic doctrines, it is time to go on to perfection. What is perfection? Read Matthew 19:21.

To be perfect, you have to reach a point where you would walk away from all security and learn to trust God alone. That is perfection as Jesus explained to the rich young man in Matthew.

You have got all the principles down, now step out and learn to apply them in your life and in the lives of others. There is much work to be done.

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