2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
This is familiar passage of scripture explains the purpose and nature of the Bible, but the last phrase of those verses hones in on our response: “Equipped for every good work.” To turn the knowledge stored in our heads of Scripture into action based off how our hearts have been transformed by that knowledge is the critical piece.
We can go about life with a mindset of getting by with the knowledge we do have, but there is a call to be prepared for God’s work. We do not always get to choose the opportunities placed before us. The verse itself says “every good work” not “the easy works” or “the fun works.” We need to be ready to answer God’s call whenever.
Obviously, you cannot have the skill-set to do every possible job and answer every possible question, but to be prepared for every good work means you need a solid foundation. Take inventory of your tool-belt today. Where are you equipped and where are you lacking?
How would you rate your knowledge of the Bible?
How are you applying what you are learning spiritually?
Who is keeping you accountable?
What questions have challenged you lately?
Where is an area that you experience doubt?
If you struggle to know whether you are equipped or not, one of the easiest standards is evangelism. When you are sharing the gospel, you are faced with new questions, perspectives, and hearing other people’s stories and pain. It quickly reveals your own fears and weaknesses. Evangelism highlights how you are translating what you know about God into real life application.
This leads to the other way to do a check on your spiritual inventory. Start checking how you are living out the application of Scripture and see where you are lacking.
Do you live with compassion?
Are you quick to respond to injustice?
What does unconditional love and service look like in your life?
What is your first response to trials?
Where do you find encouragement?
Colossians 3 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Living a Scripture based life that is ready for every good work stems from the fact that our lives are no longer our own. We have minds turned towards heaven and our King. Every good work leads back to glorifying God.
Are you equipped for your higher calling? Take time today to do your own spiritual check up.