Starting in chapter 3 of the Book of Job, Job wants to take his case before God. Finally in chapter 38 God answers Job. After hearing God, Job promises silence. God continues his answer but before He goes on He tells Job to Job40.7a “Dress for action like a man…” God understands that “Iron sharpens iron, but be careful for it looks like it could crush tinfoil.” God wants us to act like men and dress for action; God wants us to act boldly with the knowledge that the Bible provides. God also wants us to be able to defend the faith; He had Peter tell us so. 1Peter3.15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…
Is knowledge and teaching a calling, a Christian response, or a command? The answer is one of the most important questions for Kingdom work. In this verse, it can be seen that we work for God or Satan; no one is looking for work, or retired. Eph2.1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—
We all once walked in the spirit of disobedience working for Satan. Many still are and great deal of seemingly innocent work is being done in his name. There is no command to do anything for Satan: all of his workers are volunteers. Some knowingly and some unknowingly work for Satan though most people think that they are neutral, but there is no neutrality in the Bible.
God has a purpose and all of his commands fulfill His purposes. God needs teachers that are willing to take the time to become knowledgeable disciples…going on to make knowledgeable disciples. Is knowledge and teaching a calling or a command…the answer is important?
Published on Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 5:24 AM CDT