Equip – a benediction

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Hebrews

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Hebrews 13:20-21

Equip

a:  to furnish for service or action by appropriate provisioning.

b:  to make ready :  prepare.

c:  to furnish with intellectual or emotional resources.

 

God is a God of peace.  He did not strong arm us to salvation, but wooed us with His love and great mercy.  He desires peace amongst His children, so they may in turn bring peace into the world.

It is the Father who returned His Son to life; to be our shepherd.  We, like sheep, will go astray, will wander into danger, will ingest poison if not fiercely protected by our shepherd.  We are sheep who have been bought by the precious blood of Jesus, entering us into an eternal covenant with God.

Yet, we still cannot equip ourselves with everything we will need for this life.  We do not come by good in our natural state.  It is Jesus who empowers us, who equips us with the desire and the fortitude to do good in this life.

It is because Jesus is good in His very nature that He infuses us with a desire to do things to please our Father.  We are like children who want to bring our Father delight.  While we do this holding a tattered bunch of dying dandelions, with Jesus provision we come instead bearing an overflowing armful of daisies.

It is nothing that we alone accomplish.  We gladly and gratefully adorn Jesus with the glory He so righteously deserves.  We hear our shepherd’s voice and we turn with instinctive delight and joy.

Father, we bring you nothing on our own.  Yet we offer ourselves as your flock.  May we bring you pleasure with our meager offerings.

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