The I AM says I am equipped!
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
Both my mother and my mother-in-law are amazing cooks with huge hearts. I was very lucky that they took turns to spend about a week with me after I delivered each of the boys. While they came to spend special time with the new babies, they also were willing to take on the role as head of household while I adjusted to my new normal. And although they prepared some magnificent meals during their stay, I am sure they felt somewhat handicapped in my kitchen because it was not as fully equipped as what either were accustomed. You see, I am not much of a cook. Although I am a little more prepared now, I definitely wasn’t outfitted with the latest and greatest cooking gadgets back then. I had only the bare necessities. I distinctly remember my mom coming back from the Walmart, with the groceries and baby supplies that were on the shopping list as well as a few new cooking tools. She couldn’t help herself. She didn’t want to get in the middle of cooking a meal and not be equipped to prepare it successfully.
Yesterday we focused on our calling in Christ. And without a doubt, we want to be successful in that which He calls us to. It has been said that God doesn’t call the equipped, but He equips the called. Have you ever wondered why that is? I believe it is so that He gets all the glory. I believe that our calling will always be outside our comfort zone. It will always be too big for us to do alone by depending on our own giftings. It will cause us to depend fully on Him because we will not feel prepared to step in to it. And that’s where faith comes in. We must step forward in obedience and trust that God will provide for our every need to accomplish His purpose.
Moses, one of the most accomplished men in the Bible, called by God to convince Pharaoh to set the Hebrew people free, didn’t feel equipped. He wasn’t confident in his ability to do that which he had been called. His gifts weren’t in speaking and that is exactly what God was calling him to do. As a matter of fact, Exodus 4:10 tells us that Moses was slow of speech and tongue. It was way out of his comfort zone. In Exodus 4:11-12 we read God’s response. “The LORD said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’"
When Jesus left earth and descended into the heavenly realms, God graced us with the Holy Spirit, our helper, to accomplish what we cannot do alone. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11). In Christ we are equipped to do whatever we are called to do. Not because of our power, but because of His!
Ladies, rejoice! God equips us for our calling and you can bet that we have everything we need to "cook up" something wonderful in His name. When we ask God to show up and show out in our lives and to use us in our weakness, He gets all the glory! So today, when you think about the ways, big and small, that God is calling you, claim success in Jesus’ name, and speak life into His plans saying, “I am equipped…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Exodus 3:10-12; Luke 9:1-2, 10-17; Acts 1:8: Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 13:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen