It’s a matter of …
October 2nd, 2019
Men especially are proud of their competency in what they do. Not that women don’t do the same, they do. We all like to think we have special abilities that we have an edge over the average person. Often, we will take those special abilities and share them with others, perhaps not as skilled in those areas.
What do we do when we have areas that we aren’t so good at?
I don’t know about you, but unless I’ve determined that I am bound and determined to master that particular skill, I try to avoid it. Avoid it like the plague!
When we are considering tackling that less than desirable project, how often do we consider what Paul told us about Jesus acting through us?
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT)
When it comes to things spiritual, we are far from qualified to tackle the tasks Jesus calls us to. Virtually every day, as I write these devotionals, my prayer is ‘Lord, I can’t do this on my own. I need your inspiration, and you to be my ever-present wordsmith.’ Without His involvement I wouldn’t know where to start.
I don’t think I am unique in this. I think my pastors, my brothers and sisters in the Lord, all of us, when it comes to being obedient and engaging in what Jesus calls us to, would be struggling to the point of total depletion if it were not for the benefit of His Spirit living in us, guiding us, prompting us, and encouraging us.
We are far from ‘qualified’ to address the challenge He presents us with. Jesus on the other hand, really doesn’t ‘need’ our contribution.
Jesus taught us many things and among the most important things He taught was the supremacy of being a servant. The roles that he enlists us in, are often going to fall outside our comfort zone and scope of abilities.
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:5-6 (NLT)
Paul also told us that God’s greatest strength is found in our greatest weakness. Jesus is glorified when He can take an imperfect vessel and transform it into his perfect purpose. This is what he does constantly, as he guides us through challenge after challenge.
There are two primary objectives in this; there are many others as well but these two stand out.
- As we traverse these challenges and with God’s assistance we overcome and succeed, our growth and confidence build. Not so much in our ability to do things, but in His ability through us, to accomplish more than we ever imagined.
- Next if we are responding appropriately, His name is glorified and honored in our service.
In the Book of Revelation, you see time and time again glory and honor being bestowed on the Lamb of God. That bestowing of ultimate respect to the one that rescued us from sin and death, isn’t just for when we all get to heaven.
It’s true that will be a time of rejoicing and giving praise, but we are to be singing the same chorus today as we will when we enter heaven’s gates.
That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NLT)
Our incompetence is a tool by which He can demonstrate His competence.
We can and should be using our skills to glorify God and fulfill our callings. But we shouldn’t shirk away when those callings are beyond our perceived abilities.
It’s a matter of “Competency”, not ours; His!
In His Grace!