Bible Society of South Africa
Xanthe Hancox

Fruit of the Spirit – Day 3

Equipped to serve

Bible text(s)

10But Moses said, “No, LORD, don't send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven't become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant.”

11The LORD said to him, “Who gives man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is I, the LORD. 12Now, go! I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say.”

Exodus 4:10-12GNBOpen in Bible reader

16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, 17so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.

2 Timothy 3:16-17GNBOpen in Bible reader

As Christians, we often say how much we desire to serve God – until we are actually called to action! Then, we do exactly what Moses did; we make excuses. “I’m not really comfortable with that” or “This isn’t my area of expertise” or “But someone else is far more qualified than I am!” Does this sound familiar?

God does not call the equipped; he equips those he has called.

He equips us with gifts and talents to serve him, and often, in unexpected ways. God could have miraculously given Moses the gift of the gab, but he did not. God gave him Aaron to speak on his behalf. In addition, just how does God equip us to serve him? We can read the answer to that question in Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” If you want to be equipped to do anything God asks of you, you need only to study his word. God’s formula is simple; learn his word to gain the skills and tools needed to serve him. Therefore, if we do not feel as if we have the skills or tools to serve God, it is because we are not spending adequate time learning and applying his word.

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