All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
That is what I want. That is what I need. That is what I cannot do without. What do you want and need and cannot do without? I need to be thoroughly equipped by you to do the work you have given me to do for you. Without being equipped by you, I will be unable to do the work you have given me to do for you. It is very good for you to know this to be true. How did you come to learn this to be true? I have failed many times by trying to do your work under my own power without your training. I have often run ahead of you and failed to rely on you. That is not good. But you have helped me to see the error of my own ways. How have I helped you to see the error of your own ways? For one, you have given me hopelessly large assignments that I couldn’t possibly accomplish without your help. Your assignments have drawn me to you. What you have asked of me, has caused me to cry out to you. The good work you have given me to do for you has required me to remain in your presence. I have met daily with you in your word. A very good choice. Your word has taught me what I have not known. Your word has reproofed any behavior in me that was not pleasing to you. You have corrected the way that I have thought and spoken and acted. You have helped me to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. You have helped me to walk away from darkness to live in your marvelous light. I have confessed my sin to you. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed my unrighteousness. Your word has made me able to resist temptation and fight against evil. In every way you have, are now, and will in the future train me in righteousness so that I can live the life you have given me to live for you. Yes, I will use my word to do my good work in you, so you will be able to do good work for me. How does that sound? That sounds fantastic. I welcome all your good work in me. That is very good.
There is one small, but very important point, I want to make clear to you. What’s that? My teaching and training will never end until we meet face to face. Don’t wait to begin serving me. I will train keep on training you as you do the good work, I have given you to do for me. You may never feel fully ready. You may never feel fully prepared. But I am asking you to start doing now the work I have given you. That I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, I want to be thoroughly equipped to do every good work that you give me to do for you. Use your word to teach, rebuke, correct, and train me to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. Help me to be thoroughly trained in righteousness. Amen
Key Question… How are you allowing yourself to be thoroughly equipped by God’s word to do every good work for Him?
Living It Out… Allow the Lord to use His word to thoroughly equip you to do the good work He has given you to do for Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God’s word will thoroughly equip you to do the good work He has given you to do for Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God’s word has been equipping you to do His good work.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow yourself to be thoroughly equipped by God’s word.
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