My son, Jason, recently returned from a week at summer camp with his scout troop. During his six day stay, he was able to participate in all the standard camp activities like swimming, hiking, games & campfire festivities. In addition, he was also signed up for specific merit badge classes like archery, camping, and, his favorite, space exploration. But after the first couple of classes in the space workshop, he was disappointed to discover that he couldn’t complete the work for his merit badge because he was required to build and launch a model rocket from a kit… that he didn’t have. The $30 price tag was just too much for him to cover with the small amount of spending money he took with him. So lacking what he needed, he resigned himself to sit through the last part of the class, watching the other boys make and launch their rockets.
It wasn’t until he got home that he realized that his dad had already prepaid for the model rocket and that the full kit was waiting on him at the trading post with his name on it. All he had to do was walk up to the desk, ask for it, and he would have had everything he needed to complete his activity and enjoy the last couple of days of his class. But since he didn’t know his father had purchased all he needed in advance, this lack of knowledge resulted in unnecessary inactivity and frustration.
I hope you can see the correlation between Jason’s predicament and our daily lives as believers in Jesus. We often “do without” or feel as though we “lack” the necessary provision to do what has been planned for us, and resign ourselves to “sit it out” and watch as others move on to reach their goals. We often unnecessarily choose frustration, never realizing that through Christ, our Heavenly Father has already arranged for us to have “everything we need for life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
But, before think it’s as easy as lining up at some heavenly commissary to get whatever you want, look a little more deeply into Peter’s epistle. Verse 3 says the way we take possession of what’s been provided for us is directly “through our knowledge of Him.” Though we can understand much about God through the created world and through our experiences, clear and deeper understanding of the Lord comes primarily through His Word. When we devote ourselves to scripture and submit to its teaching, correcting and training, the end result is that we will be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3: 17)
So if you’re watching others spiritually blast off the launching pad, don’t sit idly by. Begin pursuing deeper knowledge of God and you’ll soon find yourself soaring to new heights, thoroughly equipped by what’s already been purchased for you in Christ!