Those of us who labor for Christ benefit from all the labors of those before us. There is so much for which we can be thankful.
First of all, the Scriptures themselves are available to us in abundance. You can find them online, you can find them in bookstores, you can find them in libraries, you can find them almost anywhere. The Scriptures are translated for us so that we don’t have to be able to read Hebrew or Greek. Moreover, these translations come with an abundance of study tools. Most notable among these are cross references of each verse to related verses and concordances which can list every word found in the Bible and its location. But these are only the beginnings of our benefits.
Because others have labored before us, the word of God exists in more hearts. Because others have labored before us, we have examples of ministry that achieves God’s blessing and ministry that does not. Because others have labored before us, we can build on their knowledge and not have to plow again and again the same furrows.
Most of all, we can be thankful for those who have suffered loss to bring us the word of God. Think of the persecutions of the prophets and apostles. Think of the oppression of those who down through the ages since have stood up for God that we might also hear His word.
We must never think that we labor alone, and certainly never feel sorry for ourselves. We have joined a great army of laborers and soldiers. We benefit from all that they have been and all that they have done. We stand on their shoulders and any victories we achieve should be shared with them. We are part of something much larger than ourselves.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.