Competent ~ Not!

I took my car in for an oil change. Soon, I was given the paperwork and keys and pointed to my vehicle. It wasn’t until I arrived home that I realized the oil had not been changed. Apparently, the guy only considered the mileage, missing the fact that the car had not been serviced in a year!

When we examine the lives of Bible heroes, we also find incompetence. Sure, many accomplished great feats or were faithful in certain circumstances, but they also had their share of failures. Abraham, Jacob, Job, David, Gideon, Elijah, and Esther. The list goes on and on.

When it comes to living for Jesus, we are all incompetent. Even the apostle Paul wrote, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” A few verses later, Paul concludes, “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:15, 22-25)

Paul’s summary is clear, “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5).

Thank You, Jesus, for being perfectly competent and sinless, for surrendering to torture and death on a cross so that we could be seen as competent in the Father’s eyes.

About Arrow

Hi and welcome! My pen name is Arrow. The word “arrow” intrigues me because it has two meanings that describe my passions. One, it is an instrument used intentionally to reach a target, and two, it shows the way. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my goals are to live for Him, lead others to Him, and glorify the Heavenly Father. I pray that the stories, poems, song lyrics, and devotional thoughts I share on this website will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit and aligned with the truths found in God’s Word. My hope is that the words may penetrate your heart and point the way to a closer relationship with the Savior. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Experiencing what God has in store is bound to be exciting! May you be blessed! ~ Arrow
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