The Word: Shapes – Day 36

Seven Wonders of the Word

“…so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:17

Today that word up there “proficient” has gotten my attention…

Proficient, to me it is one of those report card words. You know the kind where you didn’t get letter grades, but rather you got adjectives that described rather than letters that ranked.  I think I liked those grades better, no I am sure of it, I do like them better. I have several reasons for this, but we really don’t have to get into my High School carrer do we?  No I don’t think we will, thank you.

Think about grades in the life of faith… Oh I got an “A” in holiness. Well what does that mean?  An “A” what?

But to be proficient, well that is different, to be proficient means to be; skilled, capable now that means something.  Even the lesser grades let you know where you stood, if you got a NI you knew that you needed improvement, and quite frankly there is hope there!  There is a purpose, a goal, there is something worth striving for, but a letter… never was all that much of a motivator for me!

The word shapes us into proficiency for a purpose too, it is there for “every good work.” We are to be proficient so that we might be equipped to do good, “good work.”  To do this work you need to be prepared, you need to have a skill set developed and nurtured. If you are going to be a great musician you need to practice, if you are going to be a great ball player, the same holds true.

How this practice happens is based in the Word, but it takes on differing shapes. The tools in your spiritual tool box are uniquely your own, but like with any tools the only time they are of any use is when they are being used.

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