I am still thinking about what Paul Washer said at the G3 conference that if we, as believers, just follow what the word of God says then we are set to do His will. We do not need gimmicks or means created by man. That is what the sufficiency of scripture is all about–having every aspect of my life submitted to the Word of God. Nothing is added nor taken away. That was the perversion of the Roman Catholic Church; they added man’s ideas, convictions, and commandments to God’s explicit word. Then there is the issue of the regulative versus the normative principle. The Regulative Principle simply states that Christians are to practice that which is explicit in the bible. On the other hand, the Normative Principle says Christians can practice whatever that the bible does not openly speak against, which can lead to many pitfalls.
In the midst of my spiritual warfare, I worked a list of bible verses that I believe will thrust me and keep me in the will of God regarding my work or calling. Here is a rough draft of it; I provided my own commentary of each of the 12 verses:
Exodus 31:3-4 “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.”
- The Lord works alongside with the believer.
- The Lord is sustains us and provides grace to do what Christians are called to do.
- The Lord cares about beauty and artistic design that resemble excellence.
- The Lord is pleased to bless the workers who are in His will.
- The Lord can do things that man cannot do.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hands finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”
- Christians are held to this standard by God, not man.
- Christians are responsible to put forth their best effort towards God’s calling.
- Christians are to strive for excellence in their current work.
- Christians are to be time conscious and to consider their days numbered.
Psalm 127:1 “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
- The Lord absolutely must be the foundation of every believer’s work for it to have worth.
- The Lord must be proactive in the labor.
- The Lord does not honor every hard laborer.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.”
- The Lord is infinitely wise and knows all things, while man are finite and imperfect.
- Christians are most logical when they follow God’s word and walk in the Holy Spirit.
- The Lord demands full trust and acknowledgement in the labor.
Proverbs 13:4 “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.”
- Christians can still suffer from laziness within the sovereignty of God.
- Christians are free to be diligent in their work; by grace, there is no slavery to procrastination.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
- Christians’ greatest example is the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Lord did what man can never imagine.
- Christians are called to work in manner worthy of the gospel.
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
- The Lord’s glory is the ultimate goal of all tasks, ranging from simple to complex.
- Christians are to honestly find ways to glory Christ in their calling.
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
- The Lord’s labor is never in vain.
- Christians will firmly commit to many labors of the Lord by having the right mindset.
- The Lord presents the most logical argument for the believer to persevere.
Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
- The Lord’s pleasure is the aim of each calling because of who He is.
- Christians must know and remember the inheritance they have in Christ given by the Father of glory.
Philippians 2:14-16 “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
- The Lord is represented by His people in this world.
- Christians may struggle with this but cannot be sluggish in their battle with sin because of what is at stake here.
- The Lord’s word sufficient in bringing the saints to the joyful finish line where they will Christ say to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
- The Lord remembers all of the loving deeds done by the saints when others do not.
- The Lord’s name is linked to the ministries Christians are called to for each other.
Luke 17:10 (NASB) “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'”
- Christians are unworthy to be instruments of God’s work compared to the work of Christ.
- The Lord does not need man to do His will, yet He uses them for His glory.
- Christians must believe and remember this reality.
**The NKJV is used for all of the verses up to the 12th verse.