When was the last time you wanted to bake something and realized you didn’t have all the ingredients in your pantry? You pulled out the recipe and turned on your favorite podcast to listen to while you work. You grabbed the sugar and butter, then realized you were out of eggs. What a disappointment. It was either time to get creative or time to go to the store.
As we grow to be more like Jesus, we are equipped with everything we need.
There’s no need to go looking. In fact, the Bible lists out specific things that we have as tools. Second Timothy 3 reminds us that the Bible itself is one of the most important tools we have in our hands. Not only do we have the story of God written out in front of us, we have answers to questions like: Who am I? What is my purpose here? How does this all end?
In Ephesians 6, we also read about the armor God tells us to put on: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes filled with the readiness to spread the gospel, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit. The enemy would love to do everything in his power to distract you, discourage you, and trick you, but God already has a plan for that. “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13). The question is not if you will face battles, but when. And you’ve got what you need for the fight.
We can try and rely on our flesh to get us through, but our flesh is weak. We want to control the outcomes by doing everything ourselves, when in reality it’s just a fake sense of control. When this world was created by God and for God, why would we not let him lead us through it? We long for unity with him and yet we pick up our own bootstraps and tell him, “I’ll do it myself.” Who does that serve other than the god we’ve made ourselves out to be?
We were created to reflect God’s image and bear fruit that speaks of who God is. When we use the tools he’s already given us and lean on the Holy Spirit to guide us, Scripture tells us we bear fruit that looks like love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23). Aren’t those words you want others to use to describe you?