Competent or Incompetent

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Daily Reading: 1 Samuel 8:1-9:27, John 6:22-42, Psalm 106:32-48, Proverbs 14:34-35

Competent or incompetent.

Workers come in two categories, competent and incompetent. Wise servants delight their master; foolish ones don’t. During my manager days in retail, I had both on my staff.  

I never asked my staff to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. Nothing frustrated me more when someone didn’t follow directions, either not doing the task or doing it differently from my instructions. Looking back, having employees helped me develop grace and learn better communication skills. Often, if the job didn’t get completed the way I wanted, the employee didn’t understand my directions, meaning I didn’t communicate clearly.

God gives us directions for living our lives. Repeatedly the Lord tells us what to do, and He sent Jesus to provide us with an example. Becoming competent servants for the Lord means following Christ closely. 

Serving God well means understanding His commandments. Daily communication with the Lord helps us become competent servants as we follow Jesus’ example and become more like Him.

Lord, forgive us for not listening to Your instructions. As we seek You daily, give us eyes to see and ears to hear Your directions. Let us become competent servants for You as we follow Jesus and mimic Him.  Help us serve You well. IJNIP. Amen

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