Monday, August 1, 2022

Meandering Monday - Equipped for Service - Martin Wiles

Welcome to Meandering Monday, where we take a trip back to an earlier post and enjoy it again.

And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. Hebrews 13:20 NLT

If I were to do it and enjoy it, I would have to purchase the right equipment.

Having the necessary equipment is essential for success and enjoyment when backpacking. A cumbersome, heavy pack weighs on the back and steals my joy. Packing a good backpack with unnecessary items will do the same. Waterproof tents are crucial. I’ve spent nights enduring storms in ones that weren’t. A good pair of shoes or boots are also a must. Blisters will appear if they’re too heavy, loose, or tight. Cold food isn’t tempting, so a light stove is also an excellent companion. If I’m backpacking in the winter, I’ll need a sleeping bag with a low-temperature rating. Otherwise, I will get hypothermia or spend an uncomfortable night sleeping in every pair of clothes I have. An endurable raincoat is another must. I’ve hiked in the rain in cheap ones that leaked and funneled water against my body.   

This first-century writer wanted his fellow believers to be equipped to serve God. He knew God would prepare them; he just hoped they’d see the need to put on the gear he offered.

Praying this prayer for myself and other believers is still a good idea twenty centuries later. 

If we attempt to do God’s work in our own strength, we’ll fail miserably—or either do it with the wrong motives and receive human rather than divine recognition.

When young David tried to wear the king’s armor to fight the giant Goliath, he discovered immediately it wasn’t the right equipment. God provides the equipment—salvation, forgiveness, a desire to share his love, faith, truth—all we must do is put it on. Perhaps a better prayer is that we’ll see the need to wear God’s equipment as we work in his Kingdom.

Are you equipped for God’s work?

Prayer: Father, we trust You to equip us for whatever You direct us to do. 

Tweetable: Are you equipped for God's work? 

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