Being Equipped for Good Works
By, Benjamin H. Liles
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
What is the end of being a man or woman after God's heart? It is in acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with Him (paraphrase of Micah 6:8). This work couldn't be done without the love of God for a sinful race: mankind. It is the work of Jesus Christ, who on our behalf allowed Himself to taste death so that we wouldn't have to fully taste it's bitter sting. It's like the Law of God shows us where we err, and the only way it can be made whole is through what Christ did.
"Come, let us discuss this," says the LORD." Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18, HCSB). That's what it means to allowing to be corrected, being trained for righteousness. Not one person can be made righteous holding onto sinful pride, hanging onto sin or that lifestyle, or walking in vanity.
The final end result is having His righteousness imputed to us, thus equipping us for "every good work." Settle this matter in your own heart and life. "O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him" (Psalm 34:8, NASB).