2 Corinthians 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

I remember going to my daughter’s eighth grade graduation, excited to see her accomplish this feat of growing-up. I was pretty happy until the speaker from the school took the stage. He spoke about how the kids at the school had always been true to themselves, had always proven they were good enough, and whether good or bad, they had always done what they wanted to do. He presented this as if it were a good thing.

I wanted to jump up and shout the truth. I get why people say these things, I really do. It’s an attempt to empower people and to build confidence. But, is it really a good thing to try to build confidence without a firm foundation?

The Word of God tells us that we are not competent in and of ourselves. Our own power is simply not sufficient to accomplish the great deeds laid out before us. If we are always true to ourselves, do things our own way, and work under our own strength, we are never going to accomplish much. We need a real source of power, something strong, reliable, and eternal.

This message could come across as discouraging but it is not! You see, when we are relying on God’s power then He has made us competent. In our own power we may be able to make money, erect towers, or build an earthly empire, but with the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to be the messengers that bring new life to the world through our ministry of the New Covenant. What kind of power do you want to have?


  1. What are some things in your life that you have tried to accomplish under your own power? Which of those things have you succeeded at? Which of those things have you failed at? Which of those things will still be in existence,or even remembered, in a thousand years?
  1. What do you really want to do with your life? Do you want to make a difference for eternity? Have you accepted the power that comes to you as a son or daughter of God through the blood of Jesus Christ?


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