How do you get good at something? For some of us, it comes naturally. For others, they need to work at it. How do you get really good at something? I believe that, for everyone, hard work is in order. To achieve excellence, commitment and work are required no matter what it is you want to be good at – a trade, a sport, a game, a craft, a career.
I firmly believe that the Church should be the world’s thermometer for excellence. When unbelievers want to see how things should be done, they should be able to look at the Church.
Because we have the Spirit of the Living God inside of us. Working with us. Guiding us. Showing us how to do things. Because whatever we do, we work heartily as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord we will receive the inheritance as our reward. We are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 [ESV])
Read through 1 Chronicles 26 and you’ll see verse after verse talking about people who were good at what they did.
- they were men of great ability (vs. 6)
- able men (vs. 7)
- able men qualified for the service (vs. 8)
- able men (v. 9)
- a shrewd counsellor (vs. 14)
- men of ability (vs. 30)
- men of great ability (vs. 31)
- men of ability (vs. 32)
And what happened because they were good at their jobs? They got promoted.
When we view our work – no matter what type of work we do – as doing it for God and not for the men/women who are over us in authority, there should be a greater sense of urgency not only to do our work, but to do it well.
Whether it’s your career or a voluntary position, work for the Lord. Be known as a man or woman of great ability. Not only is there opportunity for earthly reward, but a heavenly one as well.
Daily Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 26-27; John 11:18-46