Thanks to Deb del Villar for writing today’s post.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
As I sit on the sidelines watching my grandsons playing baseball, I cannot help but notice all the equipment. I see practice baseballs, gloves, bats, batting helmets, and water bottles. Of course, they’re wearing their team uniforms complete with team baseball hat, pants, shirt, socks, and cleats.
Each piece has a specific purpose, whether a piece of clothing or something used in playing the game. The kids are equipped and ready to go; safely and hopefully victoriously. Each and every piece is needed. Without the individual parts they are not completely prepared.
So it is with our Christian life. We need all of God’s Word – the Scripture – to be complete and equipped for every good work.
Think about a sport your children are interested in. (You can do this at home or in the classroom.)
Gather the equipment needed to do that sport well and discuss the purpose for each one. Discuss how the pieces are used and why they are important. Ask the kids how being well-equipped in a sport relates to being well-equipped as a Christian. .
By learning, understanding and using Scripture, we become prepared for the “game.”
Just as a coach teaches the fundamentals, uses constructive criticism, corrects errors on the field, and trains the players through hours of practice so we must do the same things by using God’s Word to prepare our children for the good works He has for them.
This also comes through consistent hours of practice, correcting, coaching, and teaching as our children go through life. Just as we equip our young people to play a sport and would not think of sending them on the field without the proper equipment, let’s equip our children with Scripture so they are complete and ready for every good work.