1 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV) 10Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
We desire to effectively and efficiently disciple our brothers and sisters in Jesus. We want to do the best we can to help each other grow in our walk. And spending time with each other is essential to this. Discipleship somehow works better when our disciples see us and are able to not only read and hear about what we teach, but see how we exemplify our teachings. They see how our beliefs transform us from glory to glory.
We all still need to grow. Each one still has this “gaps in faith” that are slowly filled through continuous learning of the Word. God has provided us each other. God is an omniscient Father desiring to teach us, instruct us, lead us and guide us. He left us with the written Word and sent us His Holy Spirit as more than sufficient helps in this. He wants us to live the best life we can live—one that’s fruitful, growing, and powerful,
We need divine guidance. Forks in the road are everywhere; convincing voices abound; it’s very easy to stray from the straight and narrow. We humbly admit: as long as we’re on earth, even to the best of our abilities, we’ll continue having blind spots—gaps in faith. It’s just right that we first and foremost humble ourselves and receive faithful instructions from those our loving Father provide as our disciplers. Then freely we give what we freely receive. As we’re helped decrease our faith gaps, we help others to do the same. Altogether we grow in our doctrine and practice. Deceptions come, hardships hit, but we remain straight and strong.
Acts 14:23 (KJV) 23And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
The Lord’s yoke is wonderfully easy and His burden is delightfully light. He always provides ways, means, and people to come alongside us and alleviate our heavy loads. We don’t have to unnecessarily stress though life; God would rather have us enjoy it, that’s why He has given us everything for life, godliness, and enjoyment. He’s such a good Father. One of the ways He lightens our overwhelming tasks is by raising other able leaders to take on responsibilities which otherwise would be ours.
At times it’s very difficult to let go of some work; we’d rather do them ourselves, especially those of us who have some kind of perfectionist slant. We want to do them as perfectly as possible. When we delegate projects, there is always the possibility of them falling short of our “high” standards. We’ve experienced this many times over. There’s always the possibility of them seeing and valuing the work differently. The details we see as very important may be seen by others in totally devalued level. It’s often hard to trust others and to entrust valuable tasks to them. But we still delegate. Why? It’s because our trust is in the Lord; we trust the Lord for them.
If the work they do is below par, well then, perhaps it may not be necessary for their work to be “perfect” as we expect. This doesn’t mean entrusting something to someone who doesn’t know anything. No; we entrust them to others who we know do the job well. Often, these are people we’ve mentored. This takes on an infinitely much greater importance when the task has to do with the eternal, heavenly, and spiritual. We don’t compromise this; souls are too much to risk. We disciple people; we guard them “like a hawk,” and watch them “like an eagle.” I’m not too sure about those expressions, but you understand what I mean. We faithfully mentor believers to healthy growth. One day, they’ll receive the baton from us, and when that day comes, they’re ready. We entrust very crucial roles to them; we trust God for them; our load lightens, and we’re released to venture farther.
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them”
Faithfulness to the Word and/or the faith is indispensable in our lives as His people. We learn directly from the Scriptures with the Holy Spirit as our teacher. We also learn from faithful teachers who the Lord has placed in our lives–people who are in this journey before us. Both ways are God’s ways; both are blessings.
The last days will usher in increased evil. It calls for greater vigilance and faithfulness in the life of the saints. We are firm on our grip of God’s Word; we need our spiritual compass; with it our beliefs and lifestyles aren’t confusing. God, in His goodness and graciousness provides us with additional able and willing helps and guides–believers who we can trust, not just because of our relationship or closeness to them; they are brothers and sisters in the Lord who are uncompromising and whose fruits obviously speak of their genuineness as God’s very own.
There’s truth, half-truth, and no-truth. Although unpopular, we stand for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Our disciplers and we know the real deal. We are laughed at, and we’re maligned; we’re unpopular to the world, but that doesn’t change our stand or diminish our status before God. Many will choose to follow whoever and whatever in opposition to God; we choose to walk and grow in the truth–at all cost.