Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 21, 2017
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29
Are you developing your God-given gifts? Are you sharpening your skills as a responsible steward? You have everything you need to become what Christ intends for your life, but it requires growth and development. Sad are people who sit satisfied at their current level of competency. Only those who stretch themselves and continue to advance experience God’s best. Why only reminisce over past blessings when you can attain new milestones? By God’s grace look ahead for your best days and do not assume your greatest successes are in the past.
Influencers want to be around fresh thinkers who are constantly growing in their character. Smart leaders surround themselves with other servant leaders who never stop learning. Perhaps you take the time to sharpen your skills and thus create value that is attractive to those in authority. It could be a continuing education class in computers, a master’s level course in business or an in depth Bible study. Skills need development.
Remember, the Lord gives you wisdom to use your skills in strategic service, “Tell all the skilled men to whom I have given wisdom in such matters…” (Exodus 28:2).
Ask Him where to invest your attributes and aptitudes for the highest Kingdom impact. Don’t remain in mediocrity when you can be a man or woman of excellence who serves an incredibly influential visionary leader. Consider leaving your comfortable place of employment for a challenging assignment with Christ. Like exercised muscles, skills need to be stretched by faith. God’s will advances on the tension of trust and obedience.
Skilled servants of the Lord have a lasting impact on a hurting world. So, use this window of opportunity to invest your time with integrity and the absence of ego. Be content behind the scenes knowing the investment of your expert advice is influencing the decision-maker. An ingenious industrious person exercises influence with influencers.
“Huram was highly skilled and experienced in all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him” (1 Kings 7:14).
PrayerHeavenly Father, what skills do I need to sharpen to become my best where You have called me to serve, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWhat significant leader can I influence by leveraging the skills given me by my Lord in this season of service?
Related ReadingGenesis 41:40-46; 1 Kings 11:28; Psalm 45:1; Matthew 25:21-23
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