What A Man Says
As Christians, we believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Because of that we also believe that it is full of truth and wisdom. We can find the answer to every issue we face when we turn to God and to His Word. The Word tells us that it is effective in teaching us, convicting us and training us up to become more and more Christ-like. But, is that all we are supposed to do with it?
Let’s focus on the last part of the scripture for today, “…thoroughly equipped for every good work.” In order for a person to do a job they have to be prepared to do it. They need the tools and the training necessary. Think about a soldier. A person does not simply decide that one day they will join the military and immediately walk out on the battlefield. When they join the military they go through a rigorous training period in which they learn about being a soldier. They learn how to use the weapons that they will carry and how to listen to their commanders and follow orders. They learn all of this not so they can then just take that knowledge and sit at home resting… They go out and join the fight!
Note that this verse says that the servant of God, that is those who follow Jesus as His disciple, may be thoroughly equipped. The Word of God serves as a training place for us. We learn about our Father, our Commander, and our King. We learn how to be His soldier and how to use the weapons that He has given to us. And, just like a soldier in the military, we begin to be sent out on the battlefield in order to use the training and preparation that we have been given. As Christians we must seek that training and we must also seek to go out and engage and carry out the goods works we have been instructed to do.
I want to encourage you today, if you are a follower of Christ then you need to know that God has a plan and a purpose for you. He has equipped you and made available to you all that you need in order to engage in the battle that is going on in this world. There are so many people who need to hear of the goodness, the love and the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Take your training and take the tools that He has given you and go out and go out in victory!