equipped for every good work

2 Timothy 3:17 (ESV)

16 … that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

It’s Scripture, God’s very breath, that helps us stay on the straight-and-narrow.

Guiding us like ‘a lamp to [our] feet
and a light to [our] path’ (Psalms 119:105).

Sometimes the instructions and commands are explicit, specific.

Other times it’s necessary to understand God’s will, His very nature, in order to find our way.

Like a cryptic crossword His purpose may not always be clear at first. It takes time and effort and persistence to come to a greater (if not complete) understanding of His intent.

But it’s well worth the effort. And His gentle prods and corrections are invaluable.

How else are we to do good work if we lack His guidance? And not just some but every good work.

Kim+

prayer : thank you LORD for teaching, reproofing, correcting and training me

action : help me to do good works

equip the saints

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV)

So let me see if I have this right.

God provides the church – the “body” of believers – with “apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers” to equip us, “the saints”, so we can “minister”.

What a great model!

I love this picture of us all working together to “build up the body”.

Each member an integral part of the whole. Doing his or her thing in such a way as to create something better.

It’s easy to think of “saints” as people who are somehow extra special; holier than thou; perfect; sinless.

But as believers we’re all “saints”.

Yes, we’re still sinners. However, we’ve been forgiven. Thanks to the grace of God.

And what we’re doing now is our small bit no matter how insignificant it may seem. Yet it’s still vitally important.

Kim+

prayer : thank God that I can serve Him and His body

action : continue to discuss with my pastor how I can best use my gifts through ministry