Pray that, according to the divine operation in them, the saints would take the way of laboring and endeavoring consistently and persistently, undeterred by obstacles, not disappointed by setbacks, and not expecting quick results (Col. 1:28-29 and note 281; Acts 20:20, 31; Eph. 4:11-13).
Col. 1:28-29—Whom [Christ] we announce, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man full-grown in Christ; for which also I labor, struggling according to His operation which operates in me in power.
Acts 20:20, 31—How I did not withhold any of those things that are profitable by not declaring them to you and by not teaching you publicly and from house to house…Therefore watch, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease admonishing each one with tears.
Ephesians 4:11-13—And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ, until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
For further reading please refer to CWWL, 1990, vol. 2, “Messages to the Trainees in Fall 1990,” ch. 14, pp. 527-528; CWWL, 1993, vol. 2, “The Training and the Practice of the Vital Groups,” ch. 3, p. 291; and CWWL, 1993, vol. 2, “The Training and the Practice of the Vital Groups,” ch. 12, p. 366.
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