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Do You See a Man Skilled in His Work?

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God has many admonitions for His people when it comes to work. He tells us to do our work diligently, as unto the Lord. He commands us to work hard, not only when our boss’s eyes are on us, but at all times under the gaze of God. We are to work wholeheartedly, with fear and trembling, with sincerity in our efforts, with the aim of pleasing Christ with our labors. We are to deny ourselves and take up our crosses for the benefit of those for whom we work, and for the greater community we seek to serve by our labors. All of this is revolutionary stuff if obeyed in the power of God’s Spirit.

Yet there is one particular Scripture that sticks in my mind as I contemplate going to work each day. God says: “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” (Prov.22:29). The biblical proverbs are not iron-clad promises, of course; so it’s not the case that every single skilled worker will stand before kings. Yet the principle is generally true in the kind of world in which we live, namely, that those who attain skill and great competence in their work will be in high demand before the worldly VIP’s. Therefore, if we are wise, we should make it our aim, by the will and power of Christ, to achieve great skill, expertise, mastery, beauty and productivity in our work. This is true whether we “hate our job” or love it. It’s true whether you are flipping burgers or negotiating billion dollar corporate mergers or whatever. If you’re the man at the fryer at McDonalds, seek to do your frying with great skill and mastery.

Not only is there great joy in such a pursuit, but we may be confident that God will bring attention to such vocational skill as part of His means of redeeming the world through Christ Jesus our Lord.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Posted in Duenes, Work

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