God has things for His children to do. All of us are expected to work on our resume—RSMMA. That is to read, study, meditate, memorize, and act on God’s Word. It seems like such a tough thing. After all, we have to go and haul out that Bible. Then, reading it, well that’s something yet again. No, not just read, but actually study. That is, underline, write notes in the margin of the pages, make cross references, read commentaries, pray about the passages, get into a Bible study. Take correspondence courses, and so on. Then, it’s time to meditate. This means to really think deeply about what a verse or passage means; how it relates to other passages; how it relates to God’s character; how it applies to your life, and how you can implement it in you life. Often, in the meditating, memorization becomes automatic. That is, as you think about the verse, its meaning, and its application in your life, you actually get the verse in your memory banks permanently. And then you have to act on that Truth.
James, Jesus’ brother, knew full well, that without acting on God’s Word all we are doing is intellectualizing it. That’s why he wrote, For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead (James 2:26). In His story bout the foolish virgins, Jesus makes a powerful statement about intellectual faith. When those who only served Him intellectually return to claim their place in the wedding party, He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you] (Matt 25:12). Again, Jesus made a very direct comment about those who only know the intellectual side of a true relationship with God through Christ Jesus, when He noted that Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands] (Matt. 7:21-23).
Everyone wants “free will,” but we have to accept the responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with this marvelous gift from our loving Father. Free will allows us to do anything that we want, at anytime we want, and in any way we want. But just because we can do all things, it doesn’t mean all things are good for us (1Cor. 6:12). As God’s children, our number 1 responsibility is to get to know Him better, so that the things we do are pleasing to Him. Jesus said This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger] (John 6:29). That means exactly what it says. That’s our job. And to do that we have to get into the Scriptures because Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work (2Tim. 3:16-17).
Still, all this great discussion brings up the need to get into the Word and dig deep (2Tim. 2:15), and that’s hard work. Then we have to act on what we know, and that can not only be hard, but even a bit scary. Paul understood both the hardship and the fear of doing God’s work in a world that does not always appreciate it. He stated, I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency] (Phil. 4:13).
This powerful statement needs be always at the forefront of our life in Christ. What a wonderful message. God has equipped us to do all things—that is all things in His Will. So, we have the time, the ability, and the help to get our RSMMA together, and polish it to perfection. We do this with God’s help, not off in a corner by ourselves. Jesus knew the human heart and its selfish attitudes, and told us very clearly I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing (John 15:5).
Paul, who was taught personally by Jesus (1Cor. 11:23), was a man who burned with a passion to evangelize the world. Even so, he wrote that we are to rely fully on God for His help in all that He asks us to undertake, and to do these things [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight (Phil. 2:13).
God will never ask us to do things that are beyond our abilities when we work in concert with His abilities. In fact, that has always been His plan for us (Gen. 2:19). As His children, we need to simply involve God in all we do. Every day, without fail, tell God that you give Him your life and your work. Ask Him to put His thoughts and His strength in you, and help you better understand how to do His work for you. Give Him thanks for hearing you and helping you to accomplish His purpose for you in the day (1John 5:14-15).