What does it mean to be an Equipped Christian?
· It means you Take Advantage of the Resources at your disposal. God did not bless us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus for us to sit on it. Nor did He in like manner bless us in every other resource for us not to actively serve Him.
· It means we Go! God gave us a Commission, not a Suggestion. The sacrifice He made for us should compel the believer, especially the Equipped Christian, to Preach/Teach/Share the Good News of Christ to Everyone – being aligned with God’s Heart that none should perish, but all should come to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.
· It means we take care of our Equipment. Our equipment can range from physical tools we use like a sound system, to the teachings that are used, to the individual Christian worker/warrior that is serving. We take care of our equipment by giving it or them all the support we can and when the time comes giving it/them a refreshing break.
Paul is writing to his young apprentice, Timothy, a second time, when he magnifies the point that – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Notice that another way to understand this statement of truth is – if you desire to be active doing good deeds/works for God then being “thoroughly equipped” is required. However, in order to be “thoroughly equipped” and effective “for every good work”, the believer in Christ must daily be in the Scriptures for The Equipping. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that…” The words "useful" and "so that" makes this point.
The answers on how to be equipped for a certain situation in life are found in The Scriptures. So, in order to be an effective Christian, in order to take advantage of God’s Resources upon your life, in order to fulfill the Great Commission, in order to take care of the “equipment” in your life – make sure you are properly Equipped.