I have an admission to make. To tell you the truth, it’s not an easy confession, and I’m genuinely scared to admit to it. I, Wes Faulk, am an over packer. When it comes to going out of town for a day or for a month, I will pack twice as much stuff as I actually need. I will pack for hot and cold, wet and dry, and then pack a few extras so that if the random blizzard or freak typhoon were to hit in central Oklahoma, I would be ready.
My favorite hero growing up was everyman’s superhero — Batman. Batman had no superpowers, no extra abilities, he simply had all the tools necessary, and most resided on his handy dandy tool belt. To tell you the truth, Batman had more on his tool belt than Mary Poppins had in her bag.
In our study of 1 Corinthians we have dealt with many ideas (and we’re only to verse 7) that are cornerstones of the Christian life. In summary, God has given us grace and peace in Christ and charged us to live that out every day. The great news is that God has not left us unequipped to stand on our own works in His call. He has equipped us for His great tasks. 1 Corinthians 1:7 states “so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
There really is nothing special about us. In fact, when we try to stand on our works we end up securing failure, for our works are but filthiness before God. Our strength and power lie only in God’s equipping of us (aka our tool belt).
God knows our need to be completely ready for the great tasks He has called us to. He has packed us to be ready for any task He calls us to, and many we never see coming. As Christians we stand far above the little troubles we encounter because God and His gifts are sufficient in our weaknesses.
The question I want to leave you with today is how do you stand — in your own efforts, by your own strength trying to do your own thing, or do you stand in God’s power, a power that equips us for eternal tasks and prepares us for heavenly things?