In the previous two “Facts” we emphasized that effectual laborers walk with God, possess a passion to know, love and become like Jesus, live among the lost, winsomely and fruitfully engaging and embracing people wherever they are as they verbalize and live out the gospel.
Effectual laborers also know and love the Scriptures, recognizing God’s word to be sufficient in its application to all of life :
- In a world of cynicism, they find God’s word to be trustworthy, thoroughly tested in the laboratory of life . (See Psa. 119:138, 140)
- The Scriptures teach them how to live , rebuke them when they get out of line, correct their ways, and train them to stay on the path. God’s word is a joy to their heart, enlightens their eyes; has proven to be more precious than gold, and sweeter than honey. The word of God warns them of life’s dangers and rewards them when they obey it. Not only that, the Scriptures furnish them with understanding on how to live life; finding the Word to be fully trustworthy, cleansing their soul, liberating them from bondage, and helping them to distinguish good from evil. (See Psa. 19:7-11; 119:144, 138; Jn. 17;17; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Heb. 5:14; Jms. 1:24)
- God’s word liberates them in accordance with Jesus’ promise : “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:31, 32).
- The Scriptures grant them good judgment, insight, wisdom and understanding, thus enabling them to live stable lives. (See Psa. 119:66, 99, 100, 104, 130)
- Thus, their hearts are “set on keeping [God’s] decrees to the very end ” (Psa. 119:112) because they are blessed when they obey, experiencing victory over sin as God directs their steps. (See Psa. 119:1, 9- 11)
CHALLENGE : George Muller (1805 – 1898) stated that “the vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” God help us, his laborers, to make spending time with the Lord Jesus in the context of his holy word a top priority.
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
1The core concepts in this six part series are derived from a bulletin from the U. S. Director of the Navigator, March, 2013