True understanding of the truth of God and the ways of God only comes through the revealing of God Himself. After Peter had asserted to the Lord that “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven (Matt. 16:16b-17).
This truth should prominently be in our minds as we live for the Lord and seek to serve Him. In the first place, we ourselves are dependent on God to reveal His ways to us. Moreover, it is an abiding principle that anyone only comes to a true knowledge of the truth through the intervening of the LORD God who reveals such to them. An awareness of this will readily affect how we approach our service for the LORD. In particular this will make us to be aware that prayer is vital and a priority for engaging in any service for the Lord. Relentlessly, we should be praying both for our own enlightening in the ways of God and the enlightening of others.
When we are gripped by an awareness of the necessity of God to reveal Himself, thanksgiving will be an inevitable effect. When I am aware that I have come to know the truth of God and even more to know God Himself I will be overwhelmed with thankfulness for the LORD being so kind to me.
Such a perspective will also make us to be very humble. For ourselves personally, we will be aware that it is not because I am intelligent (or through any other perceived asset) that I have come into a knowledge of these things. Rather, it is because God has revealed these things to me and so humility is the logical outcome. And when someone we are ministering to grasps some truth or comes to know the salvation of God, we do not acclaim ourselves because of some ability we have shown in expressing the truth. Rather, we realize that all revelation of truth comes from God alone.
However, this does not take away from our responsibility to present the truth in a reasonable way. Here is what we read of Paul when he reached Rome. They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus (Acts 28:23). We are not fatalists who say what will be will be. Those who understand God’s truth will do and those who won’t won’t. Rather, we are God’s servants who are constrained by the Lord to express His truth as clearly and convincingly as possible. In this context Paul writes to the Corinthians and says Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience (2 Cor. 5:11).