Today’s Truth

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

Friend to Friend

Pretend with me for a moment. Let’s say you are on an island in the Pacific. Pick an island, any island, but make it a tropical, lush, and beautiful one. You walk out onto the porch and see some equipment laid out just for you. You know what it is, and you know what it’s for. You’re excited! You’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the right gear.

You slip into a black sleek wet suit, zip up the front closure, and most likely marvel at the way it holds everything in. Then you squeeze your feet into squeaky black flippers. I know they’re tight, but go ahead and wiggle your feet in. Next, you strap a heavy oxygen tank on your back. One arm. Now the other. Finally, you slip a facemask over you nose and eyes, and place a mouthpiece between your lips.

But rather than heading out to the ocean to explore the marvelous coral reef, vibrant fish, and swaying flora, you turn around, go back into the house, fill up the bathtub, and settle in.

What a silly picture. If I was there with you, I’d march right into that bathroom and say, “What are you doing in that tub? Get out there in the ocean where you belong!” But then, I remember that I have done the very same silliness time and time again.

So many of us are equipped to live the abundant life in Christ, but don’t even know it. We suit up, but settle in. We resign ourselves to living the mediocre faith void of vibrancy, wonderment, and awe. Don’t head to the bathtub with your scuba equipment on. Head out to the ocean of pre-ordained opportunity and experience all that God has for you. You’ve already got the gear. It’s just up to you to jump in.

Moses had everything he needed to accomplish the task God had pre-ordained for him to do. He was saved by the Pharaoh’s daughter, raised in the Pharaoh’s house, trained in the Egyptians’ ways, and taught the Egyptian language. He was “powerful in speech and action” (Acts 7:22). But by the time he had failed in Egypt and bailed to the desert of Midian he had forgotten all that.

When God called Moses to a great adventure at the burning bush, Moses argued and told God all the reason why He had the wrong man for the job. He was suited up for great things and didn’t even know it.

So here’s my question for you to ponder today: What will you say to God when He calls your name or taps you on the shoulder and says, “Now’s the time?”

Perhaps today is that day.

If you’re ready for what God has for you, click over to my Facebook page and say, “I’m suited up and ready!”

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I know that You have equipped me with the spiritual gifts…Your Word says so. I know that You have empowered me with the power of the Holy Spirit…Your Word says so. I know that you have a purpose and a plan for me…Your Word says so. Help me to suit up and head out on the adventurous faith You’ve called me to.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Let’s look up the verses to back up the prayer you just prayed.

Romans 12:4-8

Ephesians 1:13-14; 17-19

Ephesians 2:10

Write out ways that you feel God has been preparing you for what He has prepared for you

More from the Girlfriends

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5 Responses to “You’ve Got the Gear for Great Things!”

  1. Louise says:

    Wow!!! Thank you for this great inspiring devotional!! I have this scripture on my desk at work… I just moved it and taped it at the bottom of my monitor screen. Yesterday was my birthday and once more, I made the decision to “LIVE” the ABUNDANT LIFE that Christ has so richly blessed me with!!! I want to do 50 things before I turn the BIG 50 on my next birthday! I am well equipped with the HOLY SPIRIT and I am ready to GO for God!!! No more excuses! As a Soldier for Christ I am ENGAGING DAILY in the battle of drawing near to my Lord, souls seeking and harvesting, and being a vessel for Him!!
    Thank you!!

  2. melissa says:

    I love this scripture.

  3. Kim says:

    Sharon, I am really struggling with this lately. I can read and understand God has equipped me with spiritual gifts but I feel on the gift giving scale mine is at the bottom somewhere. I am convinced God has not given me much because He knows I would not be able to handle anything bigger. I realize and understand there were those in the Bible that “appeared” unusable yet God used them in big ways. I just can not grasp how that possibly could be me. I feel stuck. “Laying in the bed” I made just waiting for God’s return”. I am reading your book and am up to chapter four. I have highlighted almost the entire book. I get so excited and on fire then as the day progresses I continue to see my worthlessness and the fire all but extinguishes. I really wish I could embrace and truly believe God can and will use me. I just feel there are those of us that are supposed to sit on the sidelines and I am one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I feel God is here with me but He wants me to just Be Still and accept my life for what it is. I realize the enemy is probably at play in my thoughts of worthlessness but can’t seem to break the pattern.I have prayed for years that if God has a plan for me He would show me what that plan is. So I sit and wait and “Be Still” and am thankful He is using people like yourself to speak to me while I wait.

    • Cindy says:

      Hello Kim, I just read this and am wondering where your life is now…I am praying for you and hope you can do the same for me. Love in Christ, Cindy

  4. Caitlin says:

    Thank you <3

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