2 Timothy 3:16,17 ” All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
What skills and knowledge are needed to do God’s work in this world? Some would say that you need management skills. Others would claim that ‘people skills’ are the most important. Bible schools and seminaries have entire programs set out to grant diplomas or degrees for those who wish to make a career out of doing God’s work in the world. Many will claim that knowledge of Greek and ancient Hebrew is essential to understanding the Bible and communicating its message to others.
What does the Bible say? You need to know Scripture. You need to know the Bible. Interestingly, 2 Timothy 3:16,17 was written in Greek and referred to the Old Testament which was written in Hebrew. Jesus spoke in Aramaic in His daily life. This scripture was translated into Latin (a dead language) then into English and many other languages. The Bible doesn’t say we need to learn Greek or Hebrew, or Latin for that matter, to help us understand. God has been in the communication business a lot longer than anyone. His Word tells us what we need and He provides!
The Bible does tell us that we need the Holy Spirit to help us understand Scripture. This is a promise from Jesus; “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26) As a matter of fact the Holy Spirit will be our guide; “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13) You don’t have to go to college to learn from the Holy Spirit!
What kind of ‘good work’ does God want us to do? God is working in us to change and perfect us; “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6) We must co-operate with God as He does this work in us; “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Being open to His Word and lead on a daily basis is our first priority!
God has plans for you. Once He has prepared us, He has a job in mind for each one of us; “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) What is this work? Is it running a church? Is it doing mission work? Is it evangelism? Is it earth shattering, mountain moving miracle work? Maybe, maybe not.
What does Jesus say? “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23) Going for the big stuff could swell your head and lead you into the iniquity of self-righteous pride!
What does Jesus tell us to do; “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40) Don’t idolize anything or anyone especially yourself. Treat your neighbor properly. If you’re like me that’s a big job in itself.
What would a righteous ministry look like? Again what does Jesus say? “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” (Matthew 25:37-40)
Keep your eyes open for opportunities to do good work! Follow His heart!
Praise the Lord.