Monday: December 14, 2020
Matthew 21:23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”
‘God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty (1 Cor 1:27); many take this text to suggest that God takes ‘anybody’ and sets them wherever He so desires. Yes, that He can do with His might! However, if we journey through the lives of the many men and women who have walked with God, yes indeed we could say weak in the context of ‘their humanity’ for many still made mistakes even in their walk with God. But none was ‘incompetent’.
That is a foundational principle: ‘competence’. In legal terms, it refers to the ability to successfully or efficiently do something, usually in relation to decisions. So when the leaders of Jews approached Jesus in the temple, even though we are well aware that they were not on the best of terms with Him, their inquiry did not primarily present a malicious intent- it harboured genuine concern.
For a person teaching and feeding the flock of God, the authority with which they operated and the competence to do so had to be ascertained. Without that clarification, people could very easily be led into error: into believing things that have not true and have no real foundation on the word of God.
Beloved, do not convince yourself into thinking that just as you are, you are ready for the next level God wants to position you. Are you competent enough to stand when elevated? Are you ready to deal with the pressures and requirements of the the position you are aspiring to once you are placed there? Sweetheart, if we do not fulfil the competency requirements of the destination ahead of us before we arrive, our presence there will only seem like a downgrade instead of the expected upgrade.
Ensure you develop to meet the competency requirements!