A workman is a skilled man or a craftsman. He works in an area of competence, and the highest quality of work is expected from him.
Paul, it was, who called himself a wise master builder (1Corinthians 3:9-16), who lays a foundation for others to build on it, one who set the blueprint for other to effect, as the one who planted for Apollos to water.
This is in reference to his apostolic work, in which he said that he labours more than others, as a diligent workman. He said the people are God’s building and his business is to build them into a holy habitation for God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).
But sometimes, not only that he build in a spiritual sense, he is also a workman in a natural sense, a builder of tents and in the church in Corinth he joined with the Priscilla and Aquila in that work (Acts 18:1-3).
He enjoined the church in Thessalonica to ensure that no one is idle, a busy body in other people affairs (2Thessalonians 3:10-12), but to work with their own hands so that they will be able to give to those who are in need (Ephesians 4:28). To another church he said they should no steal but work with their own hands (1Thessalonians 4:10-12).
Even Jesus grew up with a skill. He was a carpenter (Mark 6:3). That, for sometimes was the way he contributed to the society, making his mark economically.
Our skills also becomes our opportunity to interface with others, touching them with the light of the gospel, on the economic landscape, praying for them, touching their lives positively. Our work defines our sphere of authority, influence and commitment in the society, and also usefulness as human beings and the platform for our service in the kingdom of God.
When God made man he told him to keep the garden and guard it (Genesis 2:15). That was an assignment that needed to be executed with a measure of skilfulness. And other than our origin, our nationality, another thing that defines us is our developed and applied skills.
In whatever we do excellence should be the watchword. An excellent example is Daniel, who after schooling was for three years, was an example in excellence together with his three friends, ten times wiser than their classmates.
They stood intellectually taller than others. Daniel was enabled by God to interpret dreams and together with the depths of wisdom in which he operates and his administrative acumen, he was relevant to many kings in the different empires.
He was a front man in a foreign land. But in all his dealing he never compromised his spirituality. Once a law was passed against praying to any God, but he did not even act as if he heard of that law. He continued in his longstanding practice of praying three times a day with windows opened to Jerusalem, in the full glare of the public. He was not going to try to save his life, his position, and lose his connection with God. He came out of the ordeal unscratched, but those who set him up with that law were eaten alive by lions, meant to eat Daniel. And he continued with his excellence work
Excellence means of the highest quality. For excellence to be achieved we need attention to details, and time. A shoddy work is done without a high level of attention to detail, and with hastiness.
Even God needed time to bring forth the heaven and the earth, which he created in six days. The manner in which he did it, revealed attention to details, and an emphasis on order. At the end he declared, it is very good. That is why the earth proclaimed the glory of God (Psalm 19), being an expression of his handiwork.
Since man was made in the image of God, it means whatever creativity we have is from him. The fulcrum of the creativity of man is the imagination. And the attack of Satan on man which led to the judgement of flood coming on the earth to wipe out all human was the corruption of the imagination (Genesis 6:5, 8:21). And what we call the inspiration of the Holy Spirit partly has to do with imagination purified and enhance and influenced by him.
The Holy Spirit wants to enhance what you do in the workplace all the time. By infusing you with the Spirit of excellence (Daniel 6:3), he helps you to stand out and the word of God and coming to pass in your life will be that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be exalted above all mountains and all shall flow into it.
And as part of the house of God, your elevation is his priority. God is the judge and he lifts one up and puts down the other (Psalm 75:7). And what higher elevation is there than for you to be lifted in Jesus to the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)? What greater blessing is there than being blessed in the heavenly place in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3)? So you can go out on that working day, knowing that you are a light bearer, knowing that you have access to the wisdom of God, you have inside information, and you are divinely enhanced.
The manifestation of God in the life of Daniel made him to stand out. He became a highly sort out man in the realm.
A king had a dream and he decided that rather than tell the wise men in the kingdom the dream he wanted them to reveal to him the dream itself before giving the interpretation, and that on the pain of death.
That was the beginning of the elevation of Daniel above others, because after praying, God revealed to Daniel what the dream was, and the interpretation. It was all a divine setup to elevate Daniel.
So when the people are confused, get ready to have the wisdom of God manifest in you. What are you if not the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16)? You are significant because of the unique thoughts and ideas you bring. You are heavenly and you come with a unique perspective, you come with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, with heavenly ideas.
You bring the divine presence. You bring righteousness, peace and joy from your fellowship with the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).
Righteousness because you always do the right things, you advocate for just things, you use just measures, your judgment is right, you are transparent, and you are a good role model.
Peace because you are an emissary of the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6) and you have your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). As you walk in peace, you release divine possibilities all around you and the God of peace crushes the devil under our feet (Romans 16:20).
Joy because you have a source of life that is beyond this world. The joy you radiate is also contagious. They are amazed at the source of your joy, and are attracted to your God. And as you lead in that area of influence, you wield an authority through which the kingdom of God come to the workplace.
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