Sweat On The Bible

As I opened my bible this morning, I discovered that some of the pages were stuck together.  Upon further investigation I discovered the pages that were stuck were the ones I preached from last night.  I realized those pages were stuck together from my sweat. For 40 minutes last night the Lord poured out His word through this unworthy vessel.

As I read the book of II Timothy in devotion I was reminded of the need of spiritual sweat as a follower of Christ.  To become what God called us to be will require sweat on the bible.  Here is what Paul wrote, “Study to show yourself approved to God, a worker who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” 2:15.

Any true servant of the Lord understands the analogy of sweat on the bible.  This sweat comes at various stages of our growth.  It begins as the sweat of the word, opens our eyes to our sinfulness, We cannot save ourselves, 1:9.  Christ shed His blood on the cross.  The sweat comes as we realize we need Him.  To repent and to surrender will cause one to sweat.

The sweat continues as we study the word in our sanctification process.  Daily we must labor in His word to discover how to walk this Christian path.  For me the sweat came in 2:24, “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting others…”  In each of the actions on this list is great sweat.  The fact is, there are days when it will require great sweat.

Finally there will be sweat as we struggle against sin and Satan. Paul tells us in chapter three that perilous times will come.  Brothers and sisters it is here.  Our sweat will come as we stand against the forces of hell and the force of our old nature.

Then there will be sweat as we share the gospel with those around us.  “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution,” 3:12. It is not easy to live out your faith.  There will be moments of opposition from every corner and every angle of life.

However Paul reminds us, “Fight the good fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life,” 6:7.  It is worth it to sweat for Jesus.  It is worth it to sweat on one’s bible.  As I look at my bible this morning, my minds remembers standing in the pulpit of a church with no air conditioning with windows closes and temperatures in the 90’s.  I thank God that He used me in this moment.

I also thank God for the daily sweat of being in His word.  As I thumb through the pages I see the sweat and even know His word is doing a good work in me.  Oh how I pray that you will daily sweat your way through His holy and precious word.

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