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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Great Skill and Ability Starts in the Heart

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Can you think of a highly skilled person? Ever think about where great skill comes from? I believe it starts with a purity of heart in wanting to give one's best effort and caring more about the quality of work than the money. This is probably why most artists and craftsman aren’t rich. They take such great pride in their work that it’s difficult for them to get the value the level of their work deserves. Some people don’t pay attention to details and don’t know good work from okay work. That drives a skilled craftsman or artist crazy. They can see the difference in a second.

I had a finish carpenter working in a room of my house some time ago. I had been told he was the best. They were not exaggerating. This gentleman could do amazing things with finish carpentry work and would take what might have been an ordinary room turning it into an elegant room with his finish work. He wanted his work to be excellent. I know he often takes more time that the cost of the job would pay him yet that never seems to hinder him from hitting his high standard of excellent craftsmanship.

People operating in this level of skill and craftsmanship are way too few. For many people in business, it’s just get in there, get the job done, and get the money. The quality and work may easily be substandard and they don’t really care.

As Christians, I believe that God has called us to have a high standard for our work no matter what it is we do! Careful and diligent work will always bring reward in the long run. Proverbs 10:4 says, “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent will make one rich.“ Do we have it within us to be skilled at what we do? If you tell me you are a Christian then the answer is yes! Why do I say that? Exodus 31:1-5 reveals that God helps us develop the skills He gives us. “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship."

God, by His Spirit, gives us the wisdom to comprehend what it takes to do our best work and the ability to develop our skills. The Lord will help us with witty and creative ideas. If we will yield to Him, He will develop us as men and women with highly developed skills and ability. His integrity formed in us will keep us from letting money delude our work ethic and standard of excellence. You can see that excellence starts with yielding to God and letting His Holy Spirit work in you.

God given desires are deposited within us to help lead us toward things we truly enjoy doing. As we patiently but diligently develop those skills and abilities, they will eventually bring reward and blessing to us and glory to God as we rightly represent Him. Some people will forfeit the very thing God has put in them because of their drive for money or laziness in perfecting them. I think most people inwardly know that doing something you love and enjoy brings a satisfaction and pleasure from doing it that is worth more than any fleeting pleasure money can bring.

Don’t get me wrong. People do need to make an income and I am all for people doing their best and making a good income. Sometimes skills are practiced and developed on the job and they get paid while they are developing them. That’s great. Others will have to develop them outside of their job. The effort made will be worth the result in the long run. When one works to perfect his/her skills and abilities diligently, then good things will follow. As we read, ”... the hand of the diligent will make one rich.“

In everything we do, our motive for a diligent and high standard should be the love for people and God that He places within us. We are to use our skills and abilities to glorify God. Does God see and know our diligent efforts? Absolutely! He is your source of perfecting the very gifts and abilities He has placed within you. They will lead to personal increase and a life you enjoy living! Hebrews 6:10-12 says, “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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