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"Competent For God's Use"

Date published: 11/16/2019

2 Corinthians 3:5-6 “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant.” 


   Christians often place glorifying God as one of their highest priorities.  This priority often comes into conflict with John 15:8: “This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”  Can we glorify God if we are not bearing fruit?  You could define bearing fruit in many ways, but if I were to give the top five, they would be:


  • Pursuing Christ so to honor and cultivate intimacy in relationship with Him.
  • Devoted to living a Godly life that attracts others to Christ.
  • Taking every opportunity to bring others into a saving relationship with Christ.
  • To disciple Christians to being fully devoted followers of Christ.
  • Loving others as we minister to them.


   Bearing fruit is of utmost importance to God, because it is the mortar that integrates God’s truths into our lives.  Gaining Biblical knowledge without fruitfulness is like fruit rotting on a vine.  Growth, completeness, and abundance are most often produced when learned truths bear fruit.  Bearing fruit is often when a Christian feels inadequate to witness or disciple others.  Training and time invested in your relationship with Christ will positively affect your effectiveness in being fruitful, but you must always remember that real competence comes from God.  It is God who equips us to be fruitful for Him.  1 Corinthians 1:7-8 says you are competently equipped with the necessary gifts to be fruitful for Christ: “Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.”   Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 specifically mention the gifts for evangelism, teaching, and knowledge.


    You are equipped to be fruitful through God and His giftings in your life.  The fruit born through your life will come from the power of God working in you!  You must never limit God because of your real or perceived inadequacies but instead cultivate a faith that allows God to be God in your life.  Psalm 127:1 emphasizes that real fruit that endures comes from the Lord: “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”  God does not produce fruit in man’s ways, but in His ways.


John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask.”


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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Satisfaction” and “Transformation – Part 3.”