Equipped For Service
2nd Timothy 2:15 reads as follows: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Our Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have promised to equip us for service for them. Just as God will not force you to believe in Him and obey the Gospel, the same rings true when spiritual growth is concerned. He will not force you to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (2nd Peter 3:18) But, if we are willing and desire to grow in the Christian life, He is there with the resources we need to equip ourselves to be “lights shining in a dark world.” (Mathew 5:13-16)
The main reason that He has called us out of darkness into the light of the Gospel is so that we may praise Him for it and help others find their way out of that spiritual darkness and into the Church of the Lord. ( I Peter 2:9; Col. 1:12-14)
We are blessed to have in our possession a “love letter” from God. It is the inspired inerrant Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Just as Joshua, was instructed in Joshua 1:6-9, we must make an effort to read the Word of God on a regular basis and observe (obey) what we find therein. In addition, we must study it and mediate upon it so that we can help others learn more of the Word.
We have a “a most holy faith,” (Jude 20) and a “faith ( the entire sum of Scripture) that was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3)
There are many other resources that the Lord has given to us. We think of the avenue of prayer. We can speak directly with the Creator of the Universe, not having to go through any human being, but through the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. God has richly blessed us with “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)
He has given us fellow Christians to encourage us in the faith. This is to be a mutual experience. All of us are at different stages on our personal walk for the Master.
Just as the Roman Empire equipped their soldiers for earthly battles, God has provided the resources that we need for the Christian life. In Eph. 6:10-18 we have the account of “taking up the whole armor of God.”
So, if you are willing to and desire to take your spiritual life to another level, one beyond just a new believer, our gracious and loving God has provided the exact resources you need to equip yourself for a lifetime of service to the one who died for you. We hope and pray that you will avail yourselves of these resources and live “an abundant life” in the Lord. By doing so, you will impact not only you own life in the Lord, but will help and encourage others. We all need to be involved in reaching the lost and strengthening the saved. Let’s join together in this journey!
-Larry Miles, Written on March 28, 2011, Independence, LA