Monday, July 12, 2010

Unapproved Workman

Just this week, I have had four Christians send me to read from an author to defend their point of view. Imagine someone standing in front of your door with a vacuum cleaner that they claim could work wonders. Then you ask them to teach you how it works. They tell you to instead go and read the handbook. That is exactly the way many Christians behave. When you ask them questions, they say go and read this book. What a travesty. I want us to look at a verse: 2 Timothy 2:15.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

God inherently encourages the laborer to study. It is true that too much learning brings too much sorrow (ECCL 12:12), but that is when we study to argue against futilities because those arguments are confusing, useless and destructive to an extent (2 Tim 2:14) especially when we spend our time studying myths and fables (I Tim 1:4).

To study means to give diligence. You cannot study without reading. It is true you may learn by listening, but you must read, and we must read the Bible. It is abnormal for a true Christian to be in the faith for 3 years, but they have never read the Bible from cover to cover while they have read Harry Porter and the tragedies of Shakespeare.

To shew thyself means to be ready, to be there to help. To stand side by side that means to be able to carry a debate. Don’t take the pretext that the debate is meaningless to cover your nescience.

To be approved means to be acceptable or genuine. If you cannot defend what you believe in the bible, then you may appear like a counterfeit, or like a salesperson who does not know much about the merchandize they are selling. You are dong all of that for God (Unto God, so that the Godhead: (divinity) will approve you and prepare your crown on the day of reckoning. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. Some people used to tell me that it is not about knowing the Bible but putting it into practice. How would you practice something you don’t know though? How would you become a good football player if you do not know the rules? You must learn the rules first. Because many Christians have failed to learn the rules of Christianity, they live as cousins of the devil.

You should be a workman who is not ashamed. Do not forget that when you give your life to Christ, you become God’s laborer. So how would you work in a company you do not know the rules? You are a workman, but you want another person to read and tell you what the rules of the company say? How would you know your duties, rights and privileges?

My brethren, you are God’s workmen. Take for example until you read Eph 6:10-19 you will not know how to fight the devil. Until you read Mark 9:29 you will not know how to cast out evil spirits. You will be an inefficient workman. And wouldn’t you be ashamed if you are a Christian, but you can’t even pray for a sick? I mean isn’t it shameful if you are a Christian, but you do not know how to respect your father and mother?

The workman should be able to rightly divide the word of truth, and to present the Bible objectively and honestly. What is this thing that we are preaching today twisting the word of God to please the congregation? Some one is doing drugs and we think it is just their business and also their weakness. Then later we say everyone sins. No, he or she should be rebuked. Tell them “your body is the temple of God. Whosoever destroys that temple he or she would be destroyed too”. The Bible wants us to present the truth objectively. Don’t twist the bible or interpret the Bible to help your belief and hide the truth from the Christians. Show them the truth and the whole truth.

My appeal to you is to make s timetable to read the Bible everyday and at least three chapters. Try to memorize a verse every week at least. Listen; that is the only way you will be an approved workman of God who is not ashamed to rightly divide the word of truth.

Until then, may you be an approved God’s laborer.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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