MORNING THOUGHTS ☕️: I have more to talk about regarding yesterday’s post…so grab a coffee and let’s go there for the week:).
The scripture I shared yesterday about “every joint supplies” is in Ephesians 4…so, that’s clearly a great place to find clues on what this means.
Ephesians 4 is the great equipping chapter. It’s all about EQUIPPING the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the BODY of Christ. It’s all about discovering your gifts and talents and call so that you are rightly connected to the whole.
In the world…we imagine being equipped to mean that YOU give ME something I don’t have that I need in order to move forward.
That’s not what God means. The classical word EQUIP is the word used to describe a physician “setting a bone during surgery.”
Wait…what!?! Actual equipping is taking what I already HAVE and making sure it’s not out of joint, order or alignment? It’s about making sure it’s in place so that I will be prepared and ready to walk forward!?!
Yup. That’s what it means. We need to understand and view equipping NOT as giving something to you but instead, coming alongside you to discover what’s IN you and where you may be out of joint or need to be re-aligned so that your walk is not hindered.
Think about that! I have a bone, literally OUT OF JOINT…that must be set back in place in order for me to WALK and move forward. It is going to take a GREAT PHYSICIAN to do that.
I hope this is making sense. I’m kind of writing it as I’m getting it. Summary for today:
IF you and I have joints that are OUT, they must be SET in place in order to move forward fully in our assigned call. We must stop believing that we aren’t moving forward because of outside circumstances or something we DON’T have … and equally as slippery of a slope…that we can get “it” from someone else.
We’re not moving forward because some things IN US are out of joint and alignment…and until we allow the great physician to SET them back in place, we will never fully walk the way we were made to walk.
Once again. It’s an inside job.
More tomorrow. Xox.eb
For sure. I think that stands true for so many of us.
For me, once I’m aware I’m out of place (joint) then I can do something about it. Until I’m ready to recognize there is an alignment problem I can’t (won’t) do anything to get help from the Great Physician. Unfortunately it takes me to be in pain before I’ll do something. Still working on it.