"The Three Miners" By Joe and Cheryl Palechek
This is a testimony of what our heavenly Father did through Surefooted Ministries for us!
We often go to the Word of God to seek insight. We hope for an “ah-hah!” moment that feels like we have a direct line to God. Such a moment can happen during a time of casual reading, or it won’t occur for quite awhile. What would it be like to experience “ah-ha” moments each and every time we went to the scripture? After all, we have the best Teacher, the Holy Spirit, right? We have the Living Word, right? We have the written Word, right? We are disciples of Jesus Christ, right? If these statements are true, shouldn’t we hear from God each time we break open the Word?
To be frank, my wife and I can total more than twenty five years of study with only sporadic results. We have experienced some great highs, as well as varying lows. There have been times when I felt God standing incredibly close and there have been times when I felt all alone. I have never doubted that He was there; I just could not feel or sense His presence.
Over the years we have listened to teachings on knowing God, knowing God’s will, deepening our relationship with God and many other lessons. They taught things like; spend time on your knees praying and seeking, spend time in the word, abide in the vine and you will bear fruit, some will yield 30, some 60 and some 100 fold, and be doers of the word not just hearers of the word. After 20 some years of applying all these principles, and having marginal results at best, we had to ask, “What are we missing?” The answer had to be there, within the pages of scripture.
Our starting point could be found in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”(NKJV)
Were we not to read, spend time, and consider scripture? We were commanded to study or be diligent to rightly divide or make straight or cut straight the word of God. This required us to go beyond the idea of a daily devotional or reading a prearranged passage of scripture on some schedule. This scripture commanded us to break the scripture down, digging out the meaning of words and concepts. The word of God is a treasure like silver and fine gold (Psalms19). And we knew silver and gold require great effort to dig up.
Consider this parable. Three men set out to dig for gold. The first man dug with all his strength from morning to night each and every day; winter, spring, summer and fall. It was not long until this man could see where the precious gold and silver began to show, and so he mined with more vigor. His skill as a miner improved along with his strength. Soon he was bringing more treasure to the surface than he could spend. He had enough to live a full life and to share with others. He became a blessing to many.
The second man also dug with nearly the same effort, except he only dug on the weekends and some holidays. It took him awhile, but he did find some precious treasure. However, his strength and skills where never honed enough to bring much of the treasure out. What he did bring out was indeed precious and blessed him and a few others from time to time.
The third man spent his time considering the site of his mine. He spent his time learning what tools were available and listening to the other two men tell stories of treasure. Even though he knew the treasure was obtainable, he believed he had the potential to supply all his needs and help others. So, he never made the choice to dig down to the treasure and come to know what it was to pull that gold out and to hold it and to make it his own. He often thought to find the treasure but just didn’t feel everything was together enough to go and dig.
Like the three miners, each of us must decide how hard we want to work for the treasure God has put within our reach. The question we must face is not, “How much do we want the treasure?” Rather, “How much work are we willing to do for the treasure?”
My wife and I wanted the treasure. We wanted enough treasure to meet all our needs and to give to others. We knew where to start digging. All we needed were the tools and to be trained in the use of those tools. We sought the advice of a man who had been successfully digging for treasure for many, many years. We told him of our goals and informed him of the great commitment we had for the endeavor. He agreed to teach us the art of mining.
We were given the simplest of tools, our ability to read. We were told to read each day, keeping track of what we read. The goal was to become proficient with reading. We were establishing that we were going to “show up” for work each day. Once we were skilled in that area we were introduced to other areas; note taking, memorization, meditation, and others. None of these were “keys” or shortcuts to treasure. They simply set us on a successful path to digging toward the treasure.
After nearly 2 years with this master of the mine shaft, there it was! Pure gold, silver, rubies, diamonds and emeralds, right there in the ground of God’s word. We were not given a secret method or trick system. It was simply the act of repeating simple tasks over and over, even when there seemed to be no payback. Each time we lifted a loaded shovel we grew in our strength and endurance. Each time we swung a pick, our accuracy and precision increased. Each time we built a support beam our direction became firm.
It’s the practice that improves the performance. Better said, it is the commitment to practice that allows God to improve the performance. God’s word refers to the practice of these simple tasks over and over again as discipleship. Disciples don’t dig a couple days a week. They don’t continuously survey the site of the mine or the tools in the tool box. They get in and do the work of the master of the mine shaft. They work whenever the master is working, as there is no end to the mine shaft.
"Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." NKJV
"Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." NKJV
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth." AMP
2 Timothy 2:1-2
"SO YOU, my son, be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus. And the [instructions] which you have heard from me along with many witnesses, transmit and entrust [as a deposit] to reliable and faithful men who will be competent and qualified to teach others also." AMP
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Underground Cave Mining for Gold in the California Motherlode, 2015
Keep this in mind that gathering the gold (God’s word) is one thing application is another. There must be a balance between content and application. In other words once we strike gold it must be used to help others in need not just for ourselves. Or we can say it this way the believer needs to do something with the harvest. (James 1:22)
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Pastor Vince Marino