The Bible admonishes us to think faithfully about our giftedness and competence in ministry.
When thinking of going on a One Year Challenge or doing anything that will take a big step of faith it is tempting to either simply think in terms of our competence or in terms of faithfulness. Someone who is thinking in terms of his competence will ask questions like: am I good enough? or do I possess the qualifications to complete this?
Someone who is only thinking in terms of faithfulness will ask questions like: do I believe God will teach me something through this decision? or Am I willing to serve God through this decision? or What new part of God will I experience through this decision?
While there are many places in the Bible where the scriptures encourage us to be faithful, period, there are also many places where the Bible encourages us to think faithfully about our competence.
The Bible encourages us to remember that ultimately our strength and our abilities come from God himself. Instead of thinking in one mindset or the other, we can think in a whole other mindset. This mindset focuses on our abilities and talents as gifts from God. This thinking helps us to remember that God has already provided the means to make a faithful decision. It also knows that not only has God provided for us through our talents and skills, but where we are still lacking He will help us.
Here are just a few examples in the scriptures.
In 2 Corinthians 3:5 it says:
Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 it says:
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Finally, in 1 Peter 4:11 it says:
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Let us be encouraged by these scriptures and remember that our competence ultimately comes from God. God has given us strength, let’s serve in that strength. And where we are lacking, let’s remember that He will provide.