Equipped for Life
There are lots of little things that I see in my life that point me to spiritual things. Being equipped to handle the stuff of life both physically and spiritually are often gained by little lessons along the journey.
When I was very young, I was taught that men should always carry a pocketknife. The idea of a pocketknife always in my pocket was reiterated to me in college. I had a coach named Roy. In the dugout one day I needed a knife to fix a glove, I didn’t have my knife in my uniform. I asked Roy if he had a knife and his response was great. Roy looked at me and said, “well, I have my pants on”. That statement meant to me that Roy had learned the same lesson that I had as a young guy. Guys should carry a pocketknife.
To be clear, carrying a pocketknife doesn’t make a fella more of a man nor was the idea of carrying a pocketknife meant to be as a weapon. The idea was that a pocketknife was a tool that men should have at their disposal. That idea makes me think of what we carry with us. Usually I have my wallet, some keys, some gum or mints (my grandpa always had butterscotch Lifesavers) and a knife.
The whole idea of the pocketknife makes me think of how we equip ourselves spiritually. It’s a leap, I know but bear with me. What are the things that we should “carry with us” spiritually to be equipped to do the Lord’s work? We all have a story of what Jesus has done for us, our testimony, we should be ready to share a short version. We should have some scripture to share with people in our “pocket” as needed. We can have a story about lessons we have learned from mentors or pastors or church leaders along the way. All of this begs the question in my head “what do we carry in our pockets spiritually”?
Being equipped with the right tools help us do a better job and be ready to do the work we need to do. My pocketknife cuts string, cuts boxes, scrapes mud and gum from shoes and a whole host of other stuff. Hopefully, when doing kingdom business, I have some tools in my spiritual pocket to share the gospel with other people and help them to see why we all need Jesus and what He has done for me.
1. As the devotional asks, “What are the things that we should carry with us spiritually to be equipped to do the Lord’s work?”
2. In light of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”, do you feel fully equipped to do the work God has prepared for you? What tools might you need to add to your spiritual kit?
3. Spend a few moments and ask God to show you what may be needed in your spiritual arsenal. Seek His wisdom in knowing when and where your personal tools may be needed in the life of another. Thank Him for using everyday lessons to help us better understand His principles for living.