Modern life has become ever more complicated, so it seems. Laws, requirements, commitments, qualifications all multiply. Today, for example, it’s not enough to speak English, we have to learn Spanish and French and, soon, Chinese. We must acquire greater competitiveness, more talent, and this requires more courses and resources and knowledge.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
In the Bible, Christians have the complete package for spiritual formation.
By “man,” perhaps Paul, writing to Timothy, thinks of the public teaching ministry, but the principle of spiritual preparation extends to all, men and women. The Bible is the only tool necessary for any follower of Christ to be competent or equipped for God’s work.
But isn’t prayer important in the work as well? Yes, but it is Scripture which orients us and teaches that we ought to pray, shows us how, when, and why pray. We wouldn’t know anything about prayer without the Bible, for it contains all God’s will on this subject, and on every religious subject.
Having the Bible, therefore, we have all we need for God’s work. Buildings, salaries for full-time workers, evangelistic programs that require heavy infrastructure might, perhaps, contribute to a work, but these are not essential to sucess according to God’s plan.
With the Bible in hand, we have it all to fulfill the will of God and to do his work.
So are you lacking something to start work?