When’s the last time you have felt truly competent in something — be it work, ministry, sports, your hobby or pastime?
Competent is defined as: having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified (dictionary.com)
When’s the last time you didn’t attempt something because you felt incompetent (aka not competent; lacking qualification or ability; incapable — dictionary.com)
Most of the world lives by categorizing what they’ll do by what they feel competent at and then avoiding what they won’t do based on what they don’t feel competent at.
Is that the way Father has instructed His children through the ages?
- Moses didn’t feel competent as a public speaker, yet Father called him to be a spokesperson to Pharaoh for the Israelites.
- Jacob deceived his brother Esau and cheated him out of both his birthright and blessing, and yet Father made him the father of the 12 tribes of Israel (Gen 35:10).
- Mary was a no-name teenage girl from an ordinary, low-income family; yet Father made her the mother of Jesus.
- Rahab was a prostitute who helped protect the spies Joshua sent to scope out Jericho (Joshua 6), was saved when the city of Jericho perished, and was counted in the lineage of Jesus (Matt 1:5)
- Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites, and yet Father sent an angel to him who announced, “When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judges 6:12) He went forth and led an army of 300 in slaying the Midianites.
I could go on about Jeremiah, Daniel, Jonah and others who didn’t feel qualified or competent to carry out the tasks Father entrusted them.
For that matter, anyone living a life sold out to Christ could come up with a list of experiences and situations that they have been a part of where they didn’t feel qualified or competent to carry out those tasks.
In those moments, we have the choice to back away or to embrace the true source of our competency.
2 Corinthians 3:5
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
Choosing His competency through us is the moment we become contagious and courageous to the world around us.
For it is in that moment that we are showcasing the freeing reality that “this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor 4:7)
Take a moment and watch this clip by Igniter Media, The March Of the Unqualified.