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Most every man I've ever met, myself most certainly included, has a deep need to "be the man." Not necessarily from the standpoint of ego, but more from the viewpoint of competence. Every man wants to know that he's competent to navigate life's challenges.
The desire of being competent has, in my life, become something that has been a driving force to excel. However, as with any other pursuit, those desires can also become deadly toxins that infect your heart, cloud your perspective, and warp your relationships when left unfiltered by the word of God.
Over and over again, I've had to force myself not only to understand, but to truly give over my heart, to the eternal truth that in the end there's nothing I can do to make myself a fully competent man. I cannot be educated enough ... I cannot become wealthy enough ... I cannot be smart enough ... to actually handle life on every level. In fact, to think that I can is, in its truest form, a carnal approach to life.
The fact that I'm in Christ, the fact that I'm washed in the blood of His eternal covenant, is what makes me competent. It's "Christ in me, the hope of glory" that makes me competent. My competence is tainted with far less than His best. My ability to try and be the man is only as good as the extent to which I know The Man. Knowing that truth, then, allows me to throttle down and live life without the bondage of having to perform. My performance is only measured by the truth of whether or not I am grafted into the Great I Am.
Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 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 ...
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