Our Competence Comes From God

We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ. It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God. He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Many people feel competent because they have a vast academic record. This happens in all fields of human knowledge and even in the study of the Word of God. I have seen people who ridicule others because they did not reach a doctorate in their field and only were granted a master degree. I have also seen people who feel great authority in divine knowledge because they have a doctorate in theology and another in divinities. In fact, who makes our ministries competent is God Himself and not a high academic degree.

The apostles, the 12 disciples whom Jesus called and sent to preach the gospel were mostly fishermen, simple men and most likely without high academic credentials. It is known that Matthew was a tax collector and Judas Iscariot could have had knowledge about administration and finance since he was the treasurer of Jesus’ ministry. Of the others it is said that Bartholomew or Nathanael came from a certain higher social scale, so John 1:47 says, Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

Although there were people educated among the ministers of the gospel, such as Paul or Luke, the Greek physician, most of those who were called to preach by Jesus could be seen by the world as incompetent individuals to carry the good news of Salvation to the nations. But the competition was not given his training or his studies. It is good to remember that Saul of Tarsus, before having his personal encounter with Jesus Christ that made him Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles, had already studied extensively under the tutelage of one of the best teachers of Jerusalem, Gamaliel, and yet he did not know the truth.

God’s methods for choosing his ministers are not in line with the world’s business recruitment. Let’s look at what it says in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.

What for the world has no meaning, for God has a great purpose. The world can tell you that you must have at least a master degree and five years of experience; but God calls you without you having finished high school. The world can test you with a battery of tests and reject you if your IQ is less than 120 and you have less than 100 in emotional intelligence. But God proves your heart and, if you see it willing, makes you competent through His Holy Spirit.

If you have received a calling from the Lord to be a minister of the gospel, do not feel inferior to the one that already has the two doctorates. God knows why and for what He chose you and will make your ministry competent and all the glory will be for Him, after all, you will work for Him. God bless you.

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