We’ve been called by Christ to assist Him in gathering His Father’s harvest. And for us to achieve success in answering this divine call, we must first have ourselves equipped with working materials from above. The 12 Apostles and other Christian leaders responded positively to this call by surrendering themselves to be equipped by Christ for God’s work. Today, we can as well do same. It is in this light that we hereby write to present the different Bible Verses About Equipment For Ministry that all followers of Christ should know. But before presenting these Bible verses on equipment for ministry, we’ll guide you into understanding what it takes to answer the call of Christ as we can read from Luke 9:23 – “Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Perhaps you’ve once asked yourself the question; “How do I prepare myself to be used by God?” If this is the case, then you are at the right place. On several occasions, we perceive people wondering on what it takes for God to use a person. Although, God uses whoever He wants and at anytime, He has called us all by our names to partake in doing His will and encouraging others to do same (Isaiah 43:1). It is without doubt that many have been struggling for years to answer God’s call in their lives. It is then that you see many referring and even embracing the character and pattern of Biblical figures. While some meditated day and night, others prayed three times a day, and some went forth to embracing a forty days period of fasting. Today, some complain having followed these patterns without experiencing a spiritual breakthrough.
Bible Verses About Equipment
What the Scriptures say about equipment for God’s work
The Secret to answer God’s call in your life – 2 Chronicles 30:8
2 Chronicles 30:8 presents a three step principle in hearing and answering God’s call in your life. This three step principle can be summed in three words; Yield, Enter, and Serve. Embracing these three words will make you ready to be used by God at anytime and anywhere according to His will. It is our prayer that after examining these three words, you’ll be equipped with what is necessary to achieve success in doing the work God has called you to do.
1. Fully Yield Yourself to God’s will
According to webster’s dictionary, the word yield means: 1. to give up possession of on claim or demand: as a: to give up (as one’s breath) and so die b: to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another: hand over possession of c: to surrender or submit (oneself) to another d: to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habit e: to relinquish one’s possession of (as a position of advantage or point of superiority) 2. To be fruitful or become productive.
Characteristics of genuine yielding:
- Yielding is completely letting God to have His way in your life.
- It has to do with completely surrendering yourself to God.
- Genuine yielding acknowledges the confession; not My will, but THY will be done in my life.
- Yielding is becoming profitable to God’s kingdom.
- Note that the two words that are used by the Bible for yielding are consecration and sanctification.
- Yielding is setting yourself aside for the sole purpose of God’s use.
- Through yielding, you become available for God to use.
- A person’s availability to God depends on how much he gives Him.
- Hence, if you give God a little of yourself and time, He will use you a little but if you give Him much of yourself and time, He will use you much in greater ways beyond human imagination.
2. Enter into His sanctuary
If you are serious about answering God’s call in your life, you must take the path that leads into a covenant or deep relationship with Him. This is what we call entering God’s sanctuary. Note that entering God’s sanctuary is not necessarily going to a Christian assembly which we’ve come to call a Church. Entering God’s sanctuary is really entering your private place, the very place where you meet and talk with God. God’s sanctuary is your heart or your mind, a place where God resides. Value your heart as you strive to always keep it clean because it is the dwelling place of God Almighty. Hence, you should pay attention to all what proceeds from it and always make sure that it is filled with the Love of God and the Love of your Neighbor. This is the way you can perceive yourself as a servant of God Almighty.
Below are some of the things that uplift you spiritually and keep you in God’s sanctuary:
a. Praying without ceasing
As a follower of Christ, you must pray at all times and pray without ceasing. If you expect God to use you, you must put more value in regularly communicating with Him. It is through a prayerful life that you will know what God wants you to do. Remember that prayer is a two-sided communication line – as you speak to God, also learn to listen what He is saying to you. The more you speak with God, the more He reveals himself to you. As you maintain a prayerful life of talking with God all the times, His purpose for your life will be revealed. As you maintain a daily prayer schedule, God will show you what to do, tell you what to say, and guide you in to doing His Holy will on Earth as it is in Heaven. In short, prayer is the key.
b. Regularly reading the Bible
The Bible is a means through which God speaks, teaches, and confirm’s His Holy Will. The Bible is a great means of communication with God. It teaches us about the marvelous things that God has done, those that He is doing and those that He has promise to do in times to come. That’s why we should take time to carefully study the word of God at all times. God’s word is to our spirit what food is to our body. Failing to study God’s word or hear from Him will lead to what we call spiritual starvation. Daily studying God’s word will boost your spiritual growth and equip you with what is necessary to minister His will to others. Before Christ establishes His Key Teaches in our heart, we must first Sincerely Repent and plant it by studying.
c. Thanksgiving to God Always
In all times and in the midst of all situations, we must be thankful to God. It is our obligation as followers of Christ to thank God for everything that comes our way – whether good or bad. Remember that God is always in control and nothing happens to His children without His concern. Fear not for all the hairs of your head have been counted and none can be removed without the knowledge of God. Having this in mind. we should always maintain a thankful mind-state before His presence. For if we thank Him for the things He has done, He will certainly do more.
d. Singing Praises to God
Singing praises to God is often an outer expression of the inward joy and happiness in our hearts for His goodness. Genuine praise is more of a spontaneous action that is mental, physical, and highly verbal. In the Bible, we hear more of the vocalization of praise than dances, or other instruments of praise. Remember that it was the vocal praise that brought down the walls of Jericho. Behold brethren, vocal praise glorifies God and moves Him into action as He shows mercy and favor to His own. The Greek word for praise is “story” and that’s why we can say without doubt that praise is telling a story of God’s goodness and sovereignty. Everything can praise God, the moment it tells a story of something He has done. In the Bible, we regularly hear the children of Israel praising God for having rescued them from Egypt.
Worship is more of a higher spiritual act which is carried-out in the presence of God Almighty. It requires a personal experience with God, Father of Creation. For this purpose, you need to have been baptized (filled) with the Holy Ghost to genuinely worship God for who He is. You might be wondering why this saying. Remember that Jesus Christ said all those who worship God MUST do so in Spirit and Truth. The Holy Spirit fills us with what is necessary to acknowledge God for who He is in worship. It causes us or provides us with sufficient reasons to sincerely worship God in Spirit and Truth. Genuine worship is not necessarily for what God has done but for who He is. The moment the Holy Spirit convinces you about God’s unconditional, immeasurable, and unfailing love, you’ll automatically start worshiping God.
f. Praying in the Spirit
Praying in the spirit is different from your communication time with God. Here, you allow the spirit to pray or speak through you with its own words. Praying in the spirit means that you may pray in tongues, you may prophecy into the air, you may pray intercessory prayers, and you would speak many things that you would never have thought of praying. In most cases, we aren’t able to pray might be because we lack the words or we pray wrongly. But as we yield to praying in the spirit, the spirit of God within us prays the things we ought to pray and intercedes on our behalf and that of our loved ones. This is the strong faith building prayer that Jude talks. Also read Praying in tongues open supernatural dimensions and How to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
3. Serve the Lord your God
Serving God is an act of voluntarily service. You serve God when you minister to Him in worship, showing Him homage, and when you witness His goodness, might, sovereignty, and ways to others. Your greatest service to the Lord Most High is spreading the gospel of the Love of Jesus Christ to mankind. There are many ways and places where you can serve God in spirit and truth. Behold, you can serve God in your local christian assembly, you may serve God in foreign countries, you may serve God in private locations, as well as you can serve Him anywhere. Note that your service to God is also done by living and displaying certain characters or values in your life. Below are a few worth taking into consideration:
A person serves God by living a life of Holiness. Holiness is the very power of God in you that guides and strengthens you to walk no longer in sin. This is achieved through Christ, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the faithful and makes them Holy before God. In Christ, we’ve been given a supernatural power to overcome our corrupted flesh and reflect God in righteousness. Behold brethren, Holiness causes a separation to manifest in fullness. A saint who strives for a daily life of holiness through Christ is bound to become unique and easy to distinguish from those who claim to be of Christ just with their mouths but having their hearts far from the truth of the Holy Gospel. He who becomes righteous in Christ is easily detected by a change in morals, purity, faith actions, and lifestyle which is noticeable by everyone.
A person can serve God by working in the ministry. Behold brethren, let no one deceive you for all saints have been called as ministers, ministers of love, reconciliation, peace, and faithfulness to God Almighty. We have all been commissioned by Christ to take the Gospel to the four corners of the world thereby preaching to them that have not heard of Him in order to restore them back to life in the presence of God. Note that you can as well serve God by joining local Christian ministries withing your assembly. Here, you can serve as an usher, deacon, minister, pastor or any other ministry that is available and that you have been called to.
Witnessing is one of the greatest ways to serve God. This practice is really more of personal and does not necessarily require that you teach, preach, or hand out tracks. Witnessing is the very act of telling someone the mighty things that God in His unconditional love has done in your life. In simple terms, a witness is someone who has seen or heard something and can fully give an account of how it took place. Here, the person gives his/her witness according to what he/she saw or heard thereby persuading the people to believe. Hence, when you witness, you are clearly giving a testimony to another person about your witness to Jesus Christ, the mighty Savior of the World.
Loving is the greatest way of serving God. Jesus Christ through His Apostles went forth to saying that he who does not love does not know God because God is love in nature. The entire Bible revolves around love. That’s why some have gone to the very extent of calling the Bible “God’s Love Letter” to mankind. God loved us so much that He did not hesitate to send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to save mankind from the fire of hell (Note that this salvation is offered to those who welcome Him and His teachings). Today, anyone who Sincerely Repents by turning away from their evil ways and starts obeying the Key Teachings of Jesus Christ is destined for eternal life in the presence of God Almighty.
Jesus Christ himself summarized the whole teachings of the Prophets and the law of Moses into loving God with all your being and loving your neighbor as you love yourself. Through love, we reflect the nature of God and the ownership mark of Jesus Christ in our lives. That’s why we should never stop loving nor get tired of loving. He who loves knows God and he who knows God will know everlasting life in His presence. Note that loving God is not a matter of the mouth but a matter of loving Him in our thoughts, words, and actions. Our love for God is reflected by the readiness of our hearts to obey His commands at all times.
Yield, Enter, and Serve are the three key principles to answering God’s call in your life and knowing genuine success in ministry. As you walk with God, always remember and put these three words into action and you’ll live to testify his mercy, favor, goodness, and sovereign hand in your ministry.
Best Bible Verses About Equipment For Ministry (Doing God’s Work)
Mark 16:15-18 – “15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.