1ST THESSALONIANS 2:13 - PART 6
WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH 2023
As Christians, we need to be continually committed to exercising our faith, in order to keep the Word effective in our lives. In fact, here's what God desires for us: To bank and ground our hope on His Word tenaciously.
Reference: 1 Thessalonians 2:13 New King James Version (NKJV) "For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe."
I so much believe in the sequence of Pauline thoughtful thanksgiving on behalf of the Thessalonian saints. By this, I mean that he didn't just give thanks without ceasing, he had very great and meaningful reasons for giving thanks to God for their sakes. And the last reason, according to the above Scripture, is "the word of God is indeed, effectively at work in you who believe." The Word was not just at work in them, it was effectively at work, which denotes being efficacious in nature. Efficacy of the Word of God implies its firm and unfailing ability to produce any desired or intended result, according to the description of the dictates. So the Word, being effective in their lives, suggests that it was successful in producing the desired or intended results because they truly believed what it says.
There are many passages in the Scripture that grant us adequate information on the enormous potency or efficacy of the Word. One of them is the parable of the sower. In that parable, here's what Jesus said concerning the last group: "But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown" (Matthew 13:23 NIV). Now you can see the results or the levels of outcome the Word can produce. It can yield a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown, declared or put to work, and its dependent on how the Word is applied, or the dictates actioned.
Now it's important to carefully study, note and identify the meticulous depth in Jesus' wordings in Matthew 13:23. He said, "This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." Beloved, let me expound this truth sufficiently. Firstly, the person who has heard the Word, received it and accepted it, has the ability to be fruitful as he puts the Word to work, and that fruitfulness comes in multiplied sizes and capacities. Got it? Jesus wants us to gain the clarity of understanding that the productive nature of the Word is delivered to us in form of mathematical expression. The sizes can be raised or multiplied as a hundred fold, sixty fold or thirty fold end result, which means that the Word can deliver results, by yielding up to a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown, declared or put to work. In another words, there are varying degrees of option, in regard to its efficacious value.
Secondly, the very person responsible for the level of results the Word can produce is you and me. That's exactly where faith and the right mentality come in. Got it? In fact, that's the basis on which I tagged the last reason for Pauline thankful expressions on behalf of the Thessalonian saints - "Their faith and the Efficacy of the Word." Our faith has got a lot to do with the level of potency and creative accomplishment the Word can deliver in our lives. Now the right question is: How do I increase the efficacy of the Word in my personal Christian life? Firstly, grow in the habit of hearing or listening to the Word oftentimes (Romans 10:17). Secondly, accept it as the Word of God (James 1:21). Thirdly, get the Word into your Spirit, as hugely and richly as possible (Colossians 3:16). Fourthly, build your faith strong with the Word by constant meditation and practice (Acts 20:32). Fifthly, raise your verbal expression of the Word to infinity and beyond (1st Corinthians 2:6-7).
And finally, eagerly demand the results of the Word in your life, multiplied as a thirty fold, sixty fold or hundred fold harvest (Mark 4:20 KJV). Remember, from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subject to violence, and the violent lay claim to it (Matthew 11:12 BSB). Therefore ensure you always claim the best outcomes - hundred fold blessing.
Scripture Reading - Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:14-20; Luke 8:4-15; John 12:24.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I find pronounced delight and substantial pleasure in your Word, which is full of grace and eternal truths. You have revealed another image in the Scripture that will continually dominate my mind with the thoughts of victory, success, progress, increase and favour, which is, faith and efficacy of the Word. This knowledge grants me goodly and euphoric heritage, serene dominion and enduring rapture, with a great sense of celebrated satisfaction and noteworthy fulfilment in the mystery, namely Christ. Into the bargain, I'm deeply touched by the sundry options you've given me in your Word to produce multiplied results according to my faith, and I'm ever so grateful, for the rays of a larger hope I have invested in the efficacy of the Word, in Jesus' Name, Amen!