Our full potential
May he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Hebrews 13:20 NLT
The writer of Hebrews continues to offer his prayer for believers that they will reach their full potential as God equips them so they could live lives pleasing before Him. The writer uses the word “equip” which is so rich in meaning from its original language. It means “to perfect,” “to repair,” and “to mend.” God wants to use our lives effectively so He is producing in us characters that will reflect spiritual maturity. This is why, like a doctor, God repairs those that are broken in us so we will run the race of life successfully. Like a fisherman, God mends the net so that He can use our witness in life and in word so that we will be a testimony to others. God equips us like a soldier in the battle so we will not be easily defeated by temptations. God is powerful to equip us for it is His plan that we will desire to live our lives following His will. All that God does in our life is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He created a new life in us when we surrendered to Him and placed our faith in Him, then He sustains the life He gave us. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). In this way, we will prove what He told His disciples that “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Apart from God, we would not find meaning and reasons for our existence in this world. God wants us to bear spiritual fruit that will please and glorify Him. This is His plan even at the beginning that we need to realize after we experienced His grace that saved us. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). This is why it is important for each of us to discover the place, the task, and the abilities He provides us so we will live the life He designed for us. Do you want the life God wants you to have? If you want it, pray for it.