Anyone who has a passion to disciple others with God’s Word knows how disappointing it is to pour your time, energy and soul into someone only to watch them revert back to their old way of life. Jesus experienced this (John 6:60-66). Paul experienced this (2 Timothy 1:15; 4:10). John had a similar encounter (3 John 9).
We must not allow those who say they agree with the authority of God’s Word and then go their own way to discourage us. As a ministry, we have determined to work where God is at work and join Him. If God is truly working in hearts to accept the truth and authority of His Word, there will also be a hunger to understand its application to life and ministry, and then obey it.
Though Paul had not visited the young church in Rome yet, he knew God the Spirit was working in them. Look at the excitement he has for their progress; “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed” (Romans 6:17). We call that “transformation” and when we see it taking place in anyone, it gives cause for great thanksgiving to God for His faithful work.
I was speaking with a “Timothy” in another part of the USA a few days ago. He was asking for some more wisdom from Scripture that would accelerate his passion to serve the Lord. He works as a carpenter, is married with two children, and wants to use his work skills to go from place to place, earning a living and introducing God’s Plan for His Church to as many as possible. He is completely out of debt and continually seeks the Lord to refine his thinking to be in line with Scripture. He is an example of what Paul said to the Romans; they “become obedient from the heart.” They did not question whether a biblical principle would work. THEY OBEYED!
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