• Jason Wade


29 Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings;

they will not serve before officials of low rank. Proverbs 22:29

I have always been taught to do the best that I can kind in everything that I do. This was instilled in me by my father and I am constantly reminded of that life lesson. The reality of wisdom is once again the ability to transform knowledge into application. We are all on a quest in this life to become something. One of the struggles that I see, is that as an older generation begins to dwindle in number, we are watching as their work ethic-whether due to innovation or apathy-is not being passed down from generation to generation. The idea of trying to hone your skills to make them the best that they can be has been replaced by how fast can I finish in order that I can make a quick dollar. We have begun to sacrifice quality for quantity in hopes of finding a way to get rich quick instead of using the gifts ate God has placed in our lives to build something that will last for generations.

One example I want to use today is in the art of furniture. I don't know how many times I have heard this phase used by so may people, "they just don't make it like they use to." And to be honest the saying is true. As I have moved into adulthood, I am blown away by how many things are poorly made and the real reason comes back to economics. Finding the cheaper materials to build a product that is in demand to sell at a higher rate. I understand

the process. Everyone is in it to make a "living" but the reality is they don't understand the "living" they are stepping in to because of their inability to produce the best they can do. I think this is where we have probably lost this generation. In watching them scroll through social media and finding out that they can become millionaires by simply doing the most outrageous thing has given them false hope that they don't have to strive to be their best. They want to cut the corners and find the fast track to becoming the proverbial "king" instead of taking their time to be the best they can be and transform the world. WE are watching a generation seeking to serve a lower god because they believe it will get them to where they need to be in the present instead of preparing them to be a servant for THE KING for eternity. It truly is a constant battle between them deciding to serve the world to serve THE KING.

Enter the teaching from Solomon today. We are once again given a challenge to live to be the best that we can be for God. Remember that God has gifted us all with different talents and abilities with the purpose of honing our skills for the glory of God. So if you are a carpenter... you become the best carpenter you can be for Jesus. If you are become the greatest teacher you can be for Jesus. If you are an become the greatest athlete that you can be for Jesus. And please make note that I did not use the term "richest" in any of these scenarios, because you are not defined by your funds but by the abilities that we have been given to serve God. Please also understand that I am not knocking people being blessed by God for their skill set, but once again I say that if your gift is making money and you are really good at doing it, how are you using that skill to serve God? I am not preaching the prosperity gospel but a Gospel that has gifted you with the opportunity to help others that are truly in need. See Solomon was wise. By encouraging people to hone their skills, he was allowing them to fulfill their calling and inspiring them to be the best that they could be for God and not just settle for just getting by. Solomon inspired people to become the best they could be without realizing that it was truly work at all. See when you reach a point where work becomes a skill, it is then that the ability becomes a passion. The passion fuels the heart and helps to change the world.

One final lesson to glean from Solomon's teaching for today is this... we ALL have been given the abilities to become skilled in our talents. We have to be reminded that it takes heart and determination to work to perfect these abilities. And as we continue to use these abilities to glorify God, it will inspire others to do the same thing. One reason I am the person that I am today is because of the example that was set out by my father. As I say a lot of the times, some times this work ethic may be to my detriment, but I know that I am doing the best that I can to reach as many people as I can for God. John Wesley said, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at

all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." A quote that I have put into pratice in my own life as a minister but also as a reminder that we have all been created differntly and been given unique gifts for the opportunity to reaching as many people as we can for the Kingdom of God. It all comes back to the hearts desire. Find your passion and become skilled at the passion that God has placed in your life. Then it is not a "job" but a desire in which you have the ability to help to tell the story of Jesus and present the Gospel to the world. Jesus was the Servant King, not because he didn't have the power or the authority to be a dictator styled ruler, but because He found His passion... US... and came to live amongst us so that we could experience the meaning of being a servant. We ALL have the ability to become GREAT, but very few have the passion to become a skilled master in their fields and choose to serve instead of being served.

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