Packed and Ready to Go
“May He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.” Hebrews 13:21
I love to travel but unfortunately I tend to rush through one of the most important parts of prepping for overnight travel. I tend to rush through the packing of my personal belongings and as a result I quite frequently forget essential items. It can be very frustrating to find myself out of town and improperly equipped.
As a dad, I have found that one of my greatest challenges is to make sure that my children are properly equipped for life. I am convinced that every parent wants the best for their children. Unfortunately, many times this pursuit takes a detour and leads us toward just providing stuff for our children. The pursuit of stuff will not only be expensive but will also prove to not really be what our children need to be equipped for the struggles of this life.
Hebrews 13:21 provides us as parents with great insight into how we should equip our kids to live this life. First, this verse tells us that our plan for equipping our kids should be centered on giving them the training and tools they need for doing the will of God in their lives. What does this look like? We as parents should model for them a lifestyle that seeks to love God with our whole heart. From there, we should also live in such a way that our children see us daily seeking God’s will for our life. To accomplish this, we must teach our children the importance of pursuing a relationship with God through Bible study, worship, service, submission, stewardship, and prayer.
In essence, we are equipping them with the essentials of what they need for doing the will of God. Providing our kids with more stuff is great but it will never produce what they really need. What do they really need according to Hebrews 13:21?
The verse goes on to tell us that what we all really need is the power of Jesus Christ living through us so that we can do every good thing that is pleasing to Him. This is the life that will bring real joy, peace, and contentment to our children. Paul confirms this in 1 Timothy 6:6 when he declares:
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.”
We all strive to prepare our kids for the future so that they might achieve success one day. The question we all need to consider then is what type of success we are equipping them for. Are we equipping ourselves and our children to pursue worldly success alone or are we equipping them to live Godly lives that seek first the Kingdom of God? The world would have us chase things that will never produce the wealth that Paul is describing.
The essence of a life that is filled with contentment is found in equipping ourselves and our children to live a Godly life. Paul says this type of life makes us very rich people according to God’s standards.
Are we packing our kids with the things of God so that they are ready to go and meet the challenges of the future?