Reading the Word
Hebrews 13:20–21 (ESV)
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Understanding and Applying the Word
How will we live for the Lord? How can we prepare ourselves to face the day-to-day difficulties of living in a world that continues to reject Jesus Christ and his people while continuing to proclaim the Good News of a risen Savior for all who will repent and turn to him? Our verses today tell us how we can do it.
God has called us to live for him and to fulfill his will in this world. However, he had not left us to do these things in our own power. If it were fully up to us, we would have not possibility of accomplishing anything. No, as we read here, it is God who equips us with everything good that we might do his will. He both calls us and equips us. Let us not look to serve the Lord in our own strength, but let us call out to him for all we need. Then let us trust him to equip us as we go forth in him name with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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