Written by Donna Mitchell for The Life
“May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, “God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.” This truth encourages me often when I feel inadequate to face challenges or when someone assigns me something overwhelming.
Can you relate? You won’t find that phrase verbatim in the Bible, but it is scriptural. 1 PETER 2:9says we are chosen to declare His praises. 2 PETER 1:3 explains that it is God’s divine power that gives us everything we need for living a godly life. In PHILIPPIANS 2:13, Paul reiterates that it is God who works in us to will and to act to fulfill His good purpose.
The “God of peace” who raised Jesus from the dead equips you with everything good — everything you need — for accomplishing His will. He is the one who works within us what is pleasing to Him.
So what is our part?
Allow Him. Cooperate with Him. Believe Him. Listen to Him. Obey Him. Follow His instructions. You don’t have to do these things in your own strength. He works within us by His Spirit. He has the power. He raised Jesus from the dead. His will originates with Him and He is working within us to bring it to fruition.
God really does choose those who seem inadequate or weak in this world. He doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called, and you have been called according to His purpose!
Lord, thank You that you are the one who has chosen and called us. Lord, equip us with everything we need for doing your will, for Your honor and glory! Amen.
Spend some time reflecting on what God has called you to do. Ponder where you are feeling particularly weak or inadequate. Spend time in prayer asking the Lord to equip you with what you need for doing His will. May the God of peace work within you what is pleasing to Him.