“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Judges 17-18, Psalm 89, and 2 Corinthians 3.
Paul, who often exudes confidence, takes a step back.
Here those who admire Paul, are straightened out about his abilities. Whatever Paul has was given to him by God.
If my competence is of my own construction, it is foundationless. It will fall apart sometime.
When the disciples, filled with the Spirit, were told to stop talking about Jesus and the resurrection, they answered simply: “We can’t help ourselves.”
The Spirit-filled disciples knew that they had it right. They were certain of their competence because it had been given to them by God. No man could tell them otherwise. They wouldn’t buy it.
I want to rightly represent God in everything I do. I want to be Godly competent. To do this I must be totally committed to Him. I must take each step with Him. I must say each word with Him in mind. I must be filled with Him. Paul believed that he was filled with God and acted Godly competent.
“Father, help me, I beg. Fill me with You. Saturate me so that I overflow with You. Direct my path. Turn me in Your Direction. I beg for competency in serving You this second/minute/hour/day. Help me.”
Competency comes when I am filled with Him.