Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, equip you with every good thing to do his will, working in us a what is pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 NET)
The prayer of the author is that the God of shalom (peace) would equip us with every good thing, (make you complete in every good work in NKJV) with the end goal being to do God’s will. God accomplishes this by working in in us what is pleasing before Him by means of Jesus. God is the one doing with equipping of us and the working in us. It is God’s will that is the purpose of it all. Jesus is the source of these processes and His glory is the end result of these processes.
How often do I pray prayers like, “Lord, just help me get through this.” “Lord, help me to do my job.” “Lord, I need more to do my thing and meet my needs.”? How often do I use my own giftings and abilities to further my little kingdom? The answer to both questions is, “almost exclusively.” The fact of the matter is that God has something in store for me. If it’s God’s thing then it is good for me. I need to be intentional about using the things with which He equips me for His good first, not my own. I need to see whatever processes He uses to work or produce in me as things that will be for Himself first, not for me first, and cooperate with them. I need to focus on the outcome more and the training or equipping process less. God is the God of shalom.
Jesus, I need your shalom, your peace. I give myself to being equipped with what you see see fit, through the means that you see fit. Remind me that the things you have in store for me are good things because they are your things. You went through them so that I could also go through them. Help me to seek you and your strength as my forerunner. In Your name, amen.