Friday, December 23, 2016

Competence – good or bad?

Is competence good or bad? It depends. If competence is the basis from which we derive our sense of value/importance/meaning it comes from a broken place. 

If it is the fruit of our knowing we are already valued/loved by God it comes from a place of wholeness i.e. it comes out of a love response to God's love for us. It's origin is God himself (he is the driving force, the "power supply" and impetus) and springs forth from his perfect love for us and is therefore good.

Most of what society considers good actually is the fruit of rebellious independence from God. It is an attempt at making life work without God; at being our own god; to generate meaning/purpose/significance by and through out independent efforts. It is operating in the flesh vs the Spirit.

Every action driven by the need to feel important/significant/valuable is an action of rebellious independence from God.

It may be valuable to society and culture but it does not bring honor to God and is therefore not of eternal/lasting value. 

Every action driven out of a sense of importance/significance/value derived from our relationship with God is an act of dependence on God. It is an act in response to God's love for us i.e. God is the source of our action. His love is what moves us to act. We are seeking and acquiring our significance from God, not apart from him. 

Acts of rebellious independence bring honor to ourselves. Therefore they only have temporary value.

Acts of dependence on God bring honor to him and are of eternal value for only he is eternal and that done for his honor.

For a discussion on the "flip side" of this click here

"For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.  If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire..." 
"Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God." 1Co 3:11-15; 4:5

"...who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness..." i.e. hidden motives.

"...The purposes of the heart…"  i.e. motives are the key to valid actions versus actions that are invalid. Things produced from a wrong purpose/motive are invalid actions and therefore "burned up."

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