Doing the stuff
We learn from God, we practice what we have learnt, and we teach what we know and do – this is the act of equipping. Jesus wants us to be trained up and equipped so that we can be mature Christ-like followers and serve others well and ‘do the stuff’ that is in the Bible. We preach the gospel, we do the Gospel message, and we equip others to do the same because that’s what Jesus did.
He trained up fishermen and accountants – people from all walks of life – to mimic Him. Training and equipping helps us to mimic Jesus – it enables us to be fruitful as we tell and model to others the exceptional grace and love that we can know through a life with God.
Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong. This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. Ephesians 4:11-13 (CEV)