Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Light On My Path Part 10 - Equipped

Patty saw how Sheila loved children. She had a natural ability to make them feel welcome as they came into the Daycare. She asked Sheila if she would pray about helping with the children’s Bible class at their church. Sheila was surprised and said she would think about it.

As the opportunity ran through her mind that night Sheila realized she felt totally inadequate to teach those little ones about Jesus. She was still learning herself! Of course she would tell Patty “no” tomorrow. She didn’t even need to pray about it, she thought to herself. It was one thing to welcome them to Daycare and quite another to teach them about the Bible. It just wasn’t going to happen!

Later that night Sheila reached for Bible for a few quiet moments with God at the end of her day. She was tired and morning came early yet she knew His Word was a lifeline to her. She opened her Bible and read the devotional verse for the day.

“May the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing His will and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him through Christ Jesus.” (Hebrews 13:21)

Sheila immediately recognized the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to her. Yes, she was to teach that children’s class. If she relied on God to help her and diligently studied the lessons, He would equip her. What an amazing thought. A peace flooded into her heart confirming for her that this was indeed the right decision.

Yet there was more… God also promised to work in her what was pleasing to Him through Jesus Christ. Sheila realized that God had brought this opportunity her way. He would help her do it and He would also work in her, stretching her and growing her to new levels.

If God is laying an opportunity of service before you today know that He will equip you to do His will. There will be great satisfaction in doing it, yet the greatest benefit will be what He works in You as He grows You to be more like Himself.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
You alone know how inadequate I feel for the task You are calling me to. Help me to have the courage to say “yes”. Flood me with Your peace as my confirmation that this is Your will for me right now. Grow my faith and my character as I allow You to work in me what is pleasing to You. Thank you for this privilege.
I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.