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Topic: Expert (09/05/13)
TITLE: Diamond Cuts
By Edmond Ng
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- Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29 NAS)
The Bible tells us that a man skilled in his work stands before kings rather than obscure men (Proverbs 22:29). In todayís context, this is akin to the preference of a skilled worker over the unskilled. A person who is an expert in a particular field of work or study is usually valued more by the hirer or is respected by people.
Like the expert craftsmen and skilled workers, the Bible exhorts us to be diligent to present ourselves approved to God as workmen who do not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). In order for us to become experts in handling the word of truth, however, we need first to study Godís word in depth and be trained.
Too often many of us have allowed our sins rather than Godís word to be inscribed with an iron chisel, engraved with a diamond point on our stony hearts and altars of our own desires (Jeremiah 17:1). Although by this time we ought to be teachers, we have need again for someone to teach us the elementary principles of Godís word, and have come to need milk instead of solid food. Everyone who lives on milk is an infant and is not accustomed to the word of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice has senses trained to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Are we unskilled in the word of truth? Are we neglecting the studying of Godís word? If we are, we need to grow up to become experts. Like newborn babies longing for pure spiritual milk to grow in respect to salvation, let us crave to have Godís word inscribed and stored in our hearts that we might not sin against God (1 Peter 2:2-3; Psalm 119:11).
Just as specialty cuts in diamonds through more facets create more sparkles of light, let Godís word sharpen us in and through all aspects of our lives to brightly shine. Equip and root ourselves in Godís word so as to better reflect Christ our Lordóthe hope of glory and light of the world (John 8:12; Colossians 1:27).
Dear Lord, thank You for Your written word that equips us for every good work. Inscribe on our hearts Your precious word Lord that we might grow to have our senses trained to discern good and evil rather than remain in need of elementary principles. Sharpen our lives through Your word Lord to better reflect You in us, for we desire to shine brightly to reveal Your light and glory to this darkened world.
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