God didn’t just throw us into the world, saying: “Sink or swim.”
We were created on purpose. We are where we are on purpose. We are given work to do.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
He equipped, and is equipping us
We have what it takes
His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. (2 Peter 1:3)
When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13)
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20–21)
We’re being perfected
It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
We’re being equipped by others
Certain gifts were given to Christians “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12)
We can do the work God has prepared for us!
We Are Responsible
Doing God’s work God’s way is not automatic
We are equipped, but we must learn to walk according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. (Romans 8:4)
We must study God’s word in order to be equipped
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
We are to help others
Not only are we being equipped, part of our purpose to help others.
Gifts are given to every Christian
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)
We are to press on!
This is thrilling, encouraging, comforting. God not only knows exactly our circumstances (since He put us here), but He has prepared us to do the works He intends. We are prepared to serve Him in our circumstances, with the challenges that come our way.
Thank You, Father!