How good is scripture?
It is the manual for success on planet Earth. It is God’s guide to getting as much as possible out of our time here.
God placed us on the Earth, to rule and to have dominion, and He gave us a manual to ensure that we don’t miss out on a sinlge part of what He had in mind for us.
How on Earth did we ever let it get reduced to a rule book?
Full of the thou shalts and the thou shalt nots.
It is a life guide that leads to the absolute fullest enrichment available whilst living on this planet!
There are parts of it we love, and parts of we maybe don’t love so much. But I think when we understand it better, there is so much to love.
Have a look at the following passage:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
This passage sheds a great light on what is in reality sometimes just a difficult life.
The trials we face, produce amazing results in us.
Tested faith produces perseverance, maturity, completeness, not lacking anything.
That is a list of benefits we all would be very glad to receive. But do we remember it and hold on to it passionately when we are in the midst of the trials that produce it?
If you lack wisdom, ask God. God who gives generously, without finding fault, and will give you wisdom!
What is our role in this process? Believe and not doubt! He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
This is remarkably similar to another passage.
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work..”
So as we mature, we become less likely to be “infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.”
Let’s have a look at the tools God has given us that assist us in producing maturity:
Who train us all “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
I don’t know about you, but I have certainly not attained to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ.
A very quick overview of His time on Earth leaves me with the realisation, that I have some progress to make.
He healed the sick, the blind, the lame, the deaf. He restored dignity to those from whom satan had stolen it. He had such compassion for every person not in His Father’s kingdom, that He felt compelled to tell them about it and give them a personal demonstration of His Father’s love for them.
I have some development to go in all of these fields of His expertise!
When we are functioning correctly, the body will build itself up.
It will grow. In strength and in number.
We will mature, become stable and not be “infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming”, as we submit ourselves to the tools that God has given us to assist us in this task.
The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and of course…His life guide or manual for success…the word of God!
There are many other resources available to us these days. The internet has made just about everything available to us in a nanosecond.
But whatever other resources we study, must aid and not hinder our development with the assistance of the resources God Himself has given us.
If the study notes of others on the internet, or the voices of our loudest and most opinionated friends start leading us away from the foundations instilled in us by God given resources…just maybe,
it is time to listen less to them, and stop reading the study notes of other men and women and get ourselves back into God’s study notes and those that He has given us to lead us into:
“unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” and
“perseverance that must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.
Hold onto His word and His gifts and it will go well for you in life…despite the hardships!