Day 4 - Equipping the Saints

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR THE CHURCH?

Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.Put on the full armor of God…”

Acts 4:13: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

One morning I was downstairs reading my Bible when the other early riser in my house, 6-year old Simon, walked in. “Oh! You are reading Grandpa’s book!” The observation blew me away. My Dad and his love of God’s Word was already evident to his grandson…not because he told him it mattered but because he observed him reading, time and time again.

I had a friend once tell me people don’t need to try and act out what they believe because how they do act is what they believe. I think he is right. The things we say and the things we do need to be in line with one another in order to disciple others well. If in the course of discipleship we find ourselves having the answers to all questions and unable to say “I don’t know,” then we pass on a belief that Christianity is about having all the answers rather than about humility and love.

Jesus’ model of equipping the saints was to spend time with his disciples and to let them see him fully. He did stuff with them. This was also the model he gave to the Church, “Go and make disciples.” When we let people into our lives, they learn from our wisdom, but they also pick up on our areas of weakness. And when, especially in our weakness, we turn back for God’s strength and God’s guidance, we do the best kind of equipping, we bring people back to Jesus…who alone is worth imitating.

REFLECTION:

  1. Who is in my circle of influence? Pray for them, or pray God would bring people into your life. Pray for your church.

  2. Who in your city is being ill-equipped, and what does it look like to step into their lives, and let them into yours?

  3. Pray for the other congregations in your city, that their people would “be strong in the Lord…in his mighty power!”

Chris Gough Renton, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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