Calling The Equipped

you-are-equipped“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called”

 

While this is a mostly correct statement, it seems as though we are misunderstanding how it supposed to correspond with scripture.

One understanding of this quote is:

God doesn’t call those that have everything put together, He calls those that love Him

But it seems like so many look at this as:

God calls the unprepared and doesn’t need/want prepared people

 

 

On the one hand, God doesn’t need anything yet He chooses to include us in His works. However, that doesn’t mean God wants His laborers to be lazy. While we are never fully prepared for what God asks us to do, it would be unlike God to then let us remain unprepared.

 

Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),

So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

Even though, those that are called by God may feel unequipped, the Lord has provided His living Word so that in the midst of our growing and training, we might “be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped” to do the work of God.

 

David was equipped with a heart that desired the Lord….long before He was called to be King. So maybe it is more correct to say that God calls those HE has already equipped, whether they know it or not (for those He foreknew, He predestined), and FURTHER equips and instructs them in His ways (He who began a good work will carry it to completion).

Paul spent 3 years in the desert preparing for ministry. The disciples spent 3 years with Jesus preparing for ministry. David spent several years with his flock preparing (sling-shot skills) for battle. Josh and Kaleb spent 40 years in the desert preparing to take over the promised land.

Christians are so eager to serve and go overseas and do mission work in places like Africa, China, India, Guatemala, etc. (again…all very very awesome things) but aren’t as fired up to do mission work at the coffee shop, our neighbor’s house, at our jobs, in our schools, in our communities. Is it because they are not as glamorous or openly rewarding? Are we less inclined to celebrate a conversation at a coffee shop that resulted in salvation than we are in the bush of Africa? Both are equally worthy of celebration.

 

It is just as important to share the gospel locally and overseas, Jesus gave us an order in scripture about how to do effective ministry. He suggested starting at home (being faithful in the small things) and working your way out to the nations (being faithful with more) [Acts 1:8. ]If we want God to trust us with Asia, Africa, South America, and the rest of the world would it not be good to practice in everyday life?

When David approached Goliath, just before the battle began David let us know just how the Lord was preparing him for this fight. David declares that he has already defeated a lion and a bear as a young man. These were no small feats by any means. God trained David spiritually by preparing his heart for future ministry (being a king) and trained him physically (slingshot) for war.


Our enemy is skilled and while God is the one directing the pebble into the giant’s head, the initial training and equipping is so that perseverance may produce character so that character can produce hope (Romans 5:4).

 

That hope is Christ.

 

Without Christ….it doesn’t matter how much we “want” to “do” for God or where we want to go…it will amount to nothing.

Let’s be the most effective gospel sharers we can possibly be. If we can’t tell the person next to you in a coffee shop about the love of Jesus (especially in our western culture) then what makes us think God would entrust us with sharing with those across the globe?

 

Passion with no direction or equipping is nothing more than misguided excitement. Passion with purpose is the most effective way to share the true gospel.

 

Let the Holy Spirit have control.

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